Australia’s largest shopping centre solar and battery microgrid was launched today at Narellan Town Centre, by the Minister for Climate Change and Energy, Chris Bowen.

Specialist renewable energy and storage fund, CEP.Energy, has broken new ground in the renewable energy sector with this renewable rooftop power plant that currently provides the shopping centre and its 270 tenants with around 35% of their energy needs, via:

  • a 2.6MW solar system covering 12,577 square metres, comprising more than 5,600 solar panels, that saves just under 3,000 tonnes of carbon emissions per annum;
  • 12 onsite batteries that hold 4MW / 10MWh of storage – equivalent to 800 residential batteries – and have the potential to feed enough power back into the grid to supply electricity to more than 1900 homes.

CEP.Energy CEO Peter Wright said it was pleasing to have completed the first stage of the landmark project.

“This project commenced during COVID-19 and faced the same supply chain challenges as many other major infrastructure projects at that time. The completion of this milestone is therefore testament to a strong partnership and project team,” Mr Wright said.

“We now look forward to working on stage two at Narellan Town Centre which has the potential to deliver an enhanced solar system totalling 10MW, and increased battery storage of up to 20MW.”

Opened in 1995, Narellan Town Centre has grown into Australia’s largest privately-owned shopping centre, owned by Dart West Retail Pty Ltd, a partnership between the Vitocco and Perich families. It has a 10-year plan to expand to 135,000 square metres.

Mr Wright said commercial and industrial rooftop solar and battery projects, as at Narellan Shopping Centre, have the potential to accelerate the transition of Australia’s electricity grid to renewable energy.

“The opportunity to replicate this type of large-scale, rooftop microgrid project across commercial and industrial assets in Australia is significant, particularly in south-west Sydney with its pipeline of development projects to service the new Western Sydney Airport,” Mr Wright said.

Morris Iemma, Chair, CEP.Energy with Minister for Climate Change and Energy Chris Bowen & Member for Camden Sally Quinnell