Royal Australian Mint announces commercial solar tender

Posted 8th October 2014 by Stuart

The Royal Australian Mint is now one step closer to installing solar power on the roof of its heritage-listed building, with the publication of tender documents to apply to design, produce, supply, install, operate and maintain a 230kW system.

In April this year, the managers of the Mint – one of the federal government’s most energy-intensive workplaces – asked energy companies to look into the feasibility of installing one of Canberra’s largest solar PV arrays on the 50 year-old Deakin building. The CEO of the Mint, Ross MacDiarmid said that the agency had been considering the project for more than two years as a way to cut the building’s greenhouse gas emissions and electricity costs.

Due to the significance of the building – which, as well as producing and circulating coins in Australia, serves as a tourist attraction and a heritage nominated example of stripped classical architecture – the tenders specifies that the proposed PV installation “must not be visible from any vantage point.” The documents also said tenderers should be accredited by the Clean Energy Council, and have the ability to secure a connection agreement with the Actew energy network or a private electricity network.

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