Client at a glance

Client
Museums Victoria
Location
Melbourne CBD
Completion date
March 2019
System size
Over 1.0MW
Project type
Rooftop Solar PV (Design and Construct)
Energy Savings
1,700 tonnes CO2 per year

The Autonomous Energy team - in conjunction with Siemens - has installed the biggest solar array in metropolitan Melbourne at the Melbourne Museum. This array is part of a complex multi-site solar installation, and helps Museums Victoria progress towards a brighter and more sustainable future as the state-owned cultural institution.

Museums Victoria is the largest public museum organisation in Australia and attracts approximately 2.5 million visitors each year across landmark buildings including Melbourne Museum, Scienceworks, Immigration Museum, and the Royal Exhibition Building, a UNESCO World Heritage Site built in 1880.

Overall the solar project will help Museums Victoria save over 1,700 tonnes of CO2 per year.

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

Autonomous Energy solution

  • Our team delivered over 1MW (1,083 kW) of solar across four iconic sites - including 533kW at Melbourne Museum, which is the largest museum in the Southern Hemisphere. Upon completion this represents the largest solar array in Melbourne's CBD. 
  • High quality engineering solutions were required due to the complex nature of the sites.
  • The Melbourne Museum site is surrounded by underground car parks - which made traditional methods of lifting solar panels onto roofs - such as using cranes - unsuitable. Hence the project kicked off with a series of helicopter lifts - a rare event above Melbourne's CBD. Eighty airlifts over 2 weekends saw helicopters transport 1,350 solar panels from the grounds of Carlton Gardens precinct to the roof of Melbourne Museum.
  • The process signalled the start of installing over 2,700 solar panels across four of Museums Victoria’s iconic sites. The multi-site project included Melbourne Museum (1,350 panels; 533kW capacity); Scienceworks (938 panels; 378 kW capacity); Moreland Annex (435 panels; 172kW capacity) and Simcock Ave (20 panels).
  • The Melbourne Museum has unique and complex energy requirements. The site requires very reliable energy systems which work continuously to ensure the valuable collections housed there are kept safe. As part of our delivery, we minimised disruption to the Museum's energy supply.
  • Across the four sites this solar project is expected to deliver a reduction of approx 1,700 tonnes CO2 per year; and power the equivalent of 240 houses per year.

What Siemens Australia says

By working on this project, we are directly contributing to the Museum's energy savings - which saves tax payers' money and means there's less energy required to be generated by power stations.
Greg Aldridge, Project Manager, Siemens Australia

Client at a glance

Client
Museums Victoria
Location
Melbourne CBD
Completion date
March 2019
System size
Over 1.0MW
Project type
Rooftop Solar PV (Design and Construct)
Energy Savings
1,700 tonnes CO2 per year

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