Stockland has selected Todae Solar and Canadian Solar to install a 1.22MW rooftop solar power system on Stockland Shellharbour Shopping Centre in the Illawarra region of New South Wales. Once completed, the installation will be Australia’s largest single building rooftop solar system and one of the top 10 largest installed across the country.

Stockland Regional Retail Manager for NSW South, Daniel Buchanan said that the latest initiative follows the completion of their $330 million redevelopment of Stockland Shellharbour in 2013 and receiving a 4 Star Green Star rating by the Green Building Council of Australia.

Stockland has been considering large scale solar for some time now, having installed a number of smaller solar PV systems.

Currently under construction, the new solar power system is expected to be fully operational by the end of May 2015. The system comprises of 3991 photovoltaic panels and is expected to generate an average 4,789 kilowatt hours (kWh) per day, enough to power 280 homes. The system is expected to generate sufficient renewable energy to offset approximately 1,700 tonnes of CO2 annually, contributing towards Stockland’s target of 1.35MW of installed renewable energy capacity in the shopping centre portfolio by FY17.

Todae Solar CEO Danin Kahn described their selection for the prestigious and record-breaking solar project as a great honour for the company. He added that it also showcases Todae Solar’s experience and capability in delivering large-scale solar projects of the highest quality. He is confident the project will encourage many other organisations in Australia to consider solar for their facilities.