A new study conducted by the University of New South Wales (UNSW) found 40 per cent of rooftops in Sydney have the capability to produce the same amount of energy as a medium sized coal-generated power station, or the equivalent of 22% of Sydney’s CBD energy usage.
If Sydney were to utilise the 40% of rooftop solar space, it would equate to 619 megawatts of capacity, which has the capability of producing 777 gigawatt hours.
Unsurprisingly, the highest potential lies within industrial heavy suburbs, which contain large expanses of flat warehouse or factory roofing.
Sydney’s industrial suburb of Alexandria rated as having the best solar prospects, with enough roof space for 109MW of capacity, while the CBD and inner south suburbs also held high potential.
Due to the growing rate of renewable energy investments in the energy sector, the time to utilise that roof space of yours is now. According to the International Energy Agency, renewables are expected to continue ascending and overtake coal and gas as the controlling energy resource.
To create the highest rate of accuracy, the research not only detailed the hours of sunshine to hit respective roof space but also the orientation of the potential panels and the amount of shading caused by vegetation or other buildings.
But although the future of sustainable, clean energy is looking bright, there have been recent developments in the construction industry which may cast a shadow over the availability of solar energy for some home and business owners.
While realising only around 1% of the city’s roof space has invested in solar panel energy solutions is frustrating enough, building owners and developers have been revealed by the Australian Financial Review to be cutting on development costs by using roofing material that meets engineering guidelines but do not contain the strength to support solar installations.
With an average panel weighing around 20kg and most home or business owners investing in upwards of 15 to 20 panels, these roofs cannot withstand the huge weight.
Not only is this impacting the safety and integrity of your roofing, but it also hinders a homeowner’s ability to install solar panelling in the future.
If you are wondering whether solar is a solution for your home or whether your roof is suitable for a solar system to be put in place, the energy division at AICA has the experience and expertise to provide everything you need to know on your first steps towards a sustainable future.
With a friendly team of industry professionals and a wide range of solar PV panels and battery storage solutions, AICA can completely eliminate your energy bills at home and create sustainable energy living for years to come.
To find out more, call our friendly team on 1800 242 228.