One of the world’s largest solar PV module manufacturers, Yingli Solar recently
supplied their solar photovoltaic panels to Australia Post for their rooftop
solar installation. The PV panels were supplied through solar PV system
solution provider, Photon Energy Australia.
Photon Energy completed the installation of the 284 kWp solar power system
at StarTrack House, Australia Post’s New South Wales Headquarters at Strawberry
Hills in Sydney in three months. The installation comprised of 1,051 PANDA
modules featuring Yingli Solar’s proprietary n-type silicon technology and having
an average cell efficiency of 19 percent.
Designed to produce 370 MWh of electricity per annum, the 1,051 solar
panels at Australia Post will help reduce the carbon impact of the facility by
around 325 tonnes and electricity costs by over $65,000 each year based on current
The solar installation is part of Australia Post’s long-term ‘Carbon
Reduction Strategy’, which aims to achieve a 25 percent reduction in their 2000
level emissions by 2020. Energy consumption being one of the biggest components
of their total carbon footprint, Australia Post decided to install the solar PV
system to improve the building’s 2.5 Star NABERS energy rating to 5 Stars in
the most cost-effective manner.
Photon Energy designed and engineered the photovoltaic system using Yingli
Solar’s high efficiency PANDA modules to complete the installation within the
constraints of the limited roof space. PANDA’s innovative n-type silicon
technology provides high energy outputs especially in low light conditions such
as mornings, evenings or cloudy days.
According to Daman Cole, Managing Director for Yingli Green Energy in
Australia, solar power is important for businesses such as Australia Post that
are seeking to reduce their reliance on grid electricity and minimise their
Australia Post’s Head of Environmental Sustainability, Andrew Sellick
explained that the StarTrack House was a key example of the organisation’s goal
to become leaders in environmental sustainability, driving clean energy and
efficiency initiatives across their 1,200 facilities.