Client at a glance

Client
Lend Lease - Sunshine Plaza Shopping Centre
Location
Maroochydore, QLD
Completion date
April 2019
System size
1.0MW
Project type
Rooftop Solar PV and Solar Car Park Shading System (Design and Construct)
We are proud to have once again worked with Lend Lease to deliver another high-quality solar PV installation. Our teams recently delivered a solar car park shading system at Sunshine Plaza Shopping Centre in Maroochydore, QLD. The project features over 2,700 LG solar panels, installed across two separate car parks. Designed by the Autonomous Energy team, the solution had to address the unique challenge of the car parks being in very high wind areas. This high output system will produce close to 1.1MW of power.

LG’s Bifacial solar panels offer a dramatic step forward in solar PV technology - the breakthrough being the development of a solar cell that is active on both sides and then integrating that into a module using a clear back-sheet . The end result is sunlight is converted to electricity on both the front and rear of the panel.

This innovative system embodies Lend Lease's commitment to continual improvement in environmental management, whilst demonstrating our capability in both designing and installing solar in unique and challenging settings without compromising on safety and performance.

We successfully managed all aspects of this solar PV project while maintaining the high safety standards of Lend Lease, Australia’s leading construction company. This project is the latest in a long line of successful large scale solar projects - incorporating solar car park shading - delivered by the Autonomous Energy team.

To view the video case study for this project, click here.

Autonomous Energy solution

  • Designed in-house by our experienced and innovative solar PV engineers.
  • The key challenges relating to this solar PV system are the height of the building and the spans between the columns - in a strong wind area.
  • Provides weather protection for over 280 vehicles and delivers 1,059.24kWp on two separated car parks.
  • Features 2,710 x LG 390W NeON 2BiFacial panels. LG NeON 2 modules - with their double-sided cells and CELLO technology - absorb light from the front and the back of the cell. This specific panel is 390W in normal operation but with BiFacial gains has potential to provide up to 507W per panel. With potential power of 1,377KWp - this is likely Australia's most productive solar car park.
  • BiFacial solar panels are a revolutionary new technology that enable solar panels to produce energy from both the front and back of the panel, at the same time. Manufactured by LG Electronics in South Korea, the breakthrough solar panels can boost efficiency by up to 30% compared with regular solar panels, depending on the specific installation.
  • This panel is ideal for projects requiring a visually pleasing solar panel and for roofs where space is tight or where future system expansions are under consideration (such as incorporating battery storage). These high quality, high efficiency panels have excellent salt mist corrosion and wind load properties, and come with a 25 year product warranty. 
  • The system also features 33 x 27kw + 2 x 20kW inverters as well as optimisers
  • This comprehensive solar power system delivers a reduction in CO2 of 1,339 tonnes per year; and powers the equivalent of 310 homes per year
  • Custom-designed by the Autonomous Energy team, the solar car park shading system incorporates 180 tonnes of steel

Client at a glance

Client
Lend Lease - Sunshine Plaza Shopping Centre
Location
Maroochydore, QLD
Completion date
April 2019
System size
1.0MW
Project type
Rooftop Solar PV and Solar Car Park Shading System (Design and Construct)

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