The Albury Renewable Energy Hub
Landfill gas is a potent greenhouse gas which is 25 times more harmful to the atmosphere than carbon dioxide. From power generation activities alone the facility will reduce nearly 54,000 tonnes of carbon (CO2e) from being emitted each year.
In 2019 the addition of a 1.1MW (AC) solar PV system, consisting of approximately 4,000 solar panels, brought the total installed capacity of the site to 2.2MW.
The solar panels alone generate emissions-free energy to power about 400 homes.They also power an electric vehicle super charger allowing the community to charge their electric cars with clean energy.
The Albury Renewable Energy Hub will be capable of generating approximately 11,200MWh of renewable electricity each year, which is enough to power more than 1,900 homes and over 5,000 electricity users in the local community. This is the equivalent to charging 225,000 electrical vehicles each year.
When compared to a traditional coal-fired power station generating the same amount of electricity, the Albury Renewable Energy Hub will also save nearly 25 million litres of water each year.
Annual benefits of the Albury Renewable Energy Hub
Enough energy to provide power to an average of 5,000 people each year
Frequently asked questions
How much electricity will the solar farm produce? keyboard_arrow_right
The solar photovoltaic farm is rated at 1.1MW. This equates to an annual generation of 2,250MWh of renewable electricity, which is enough to power approximately 400 homes or over 1,000 electricity users in the local community. This is also the equivalent to saving 4,950,000 litres of water each year when compared to a traditional coal-fired power station.
How does the solar farm produce electricity? keyboard_arrow_right
The projects solar panels will use solar irradiance to generate direct current, which will then be converted into alternative current using solar inverters, and then be stepped up to 11kV to feed into the national electricity grid.
How many panels will the solar farm use? keyboard_arrow_right
There will be 4,000 panels used on this solar photovoltaic farm. The panels are SunPower panels, the same panels used on the Apple headquarters in Silicon Valley, USA.
What about glare? keyboard_arrow_right
Solar photovoltaic panels are designed to reflect as little light as technically possible (generally around 2% of light received) in order to maximise their efficiency. This is why solar photovoltaic farms are not considered reflective and have been installed at airports around the world.
Is there any noise? keyboard_arrow_right
Solar farms do not emit noise. Solar photovaoltaic technology does not use any moving parts.
Are there any visual impacts from the solar farm? keyboard_arrow_right
The siting of the solar arrays is designed to minimise any visual impact on the site. It is well within the boundary of the landfill area. There are also good foliage barriers along the adjacent roads and the facility has been set back to reduce any visual impact.