Solar and battery storage solution in ALAND apartment building goes live

Leading property developer ALAND has teamed up with one of Australia’s fastest-growing community energy network providers Energy Trade to deliver apartment owners in ALAND’s Schofield Gardens complex with a groundbreaking solar PV and battery storage solution.

The Hon Ben Franklin MLC, NSW Parliamentary Secretary for Energy and the Arts, joined Energy Trade and ALAND to open the Bottlebrush residential development in Schofields, NSW.

ALAND apartments embrace sustainable energy

“The development was designed and built for apartment owners to benefit from a more sustainable future with the installation of a bespoke energy solution.”

“At ALAND, we are passionate about delivering the latest technology in building construction to homeowners at affordable prices,” said ALAND founder Andrew Hrsto.

Traditionally apartment owners and renters alike have been unable to access the benefits of onsite solar PV and energy storage solutions.

Energy Trade, in partnership with ALAND, have finally changed this by delivering a fully financed renewable energy solution that is set to remain price competitive over the long term.

The Bottlebrush development has been built with the clear purpose of sustainability and building a cleaner future and is one of the first developments of its kind in Australia.

Achieving energy sustainability at ALAND’s apartment

Essential to achieving this was the design, development, installation and commissioning by Energy Trade of 201 kW of solar PV and the installation of 24 Tesla Powerwalls.

Bottlebrush is the largest Powerwall installation in a residential building in Australia. “It makes me so proud to see this site ‘live’,” said Energy Trade sales director Darren Read.

“The impact it will have on the environment and the community who live here is exciting.”

“This is just the beginning – we live in the perfect environment to benefit from solar and batteries and with this flagship development Energy Trade is truly leading the way.”

The PV system captures solar energy, stores in Powerwalls to offset the area energy usage.

The configuration of the installation means that the Powerwalls will discharge at peak usage times to reduce the amount of energy that is used from the electricity grid.

The Tesla Powerwalls have a total of 324kWh of storage capacity which is sufficient to meet the entire power load of the Bottlebrush complex, at average usage, for over five hours.

The solar PV system is expected to achieve 203 tonnes per annum of CO2 abatement and 70MWh of power generation per annum. Once fully occupied, approximately 45% of the overall site power load is expected to be met by carbon free electricity generated and stored onsite.

The Bottlebrush complex is one of a number of projects that Energy Trade and ALAND have partnered together on, working to lift the standards of homes they deliver to their customers.