Bunnings Warehouse Alice Springs, Northern Territory.
Bunnings began trialling renewable micro-generation projects in 2009, and remains committed to implementing more energy-efficient ways to operate its business.
Initial projects included a solar photovoltaic (PV) system at Bunnings Warehouse Belconnen (Australian Capital Territory), and wind turbines at Bunnings Warehouse Port Kennedy and Bunnings Warehouse Rockingham (Western Australia).
In 2014 a new generation solar PV system was installed at Bunnings Warehouse Alice Springs (Northern Territory) to further gauge the viability of solar generation. Following pleasing results 14 additional stores were installed with solar PV systems.
During the 2018 financial year, a further nine stores had solar PV systems installed - three stores in South Australia, three stores in Western Australia, two stores in Queensland, and one store in New South Wales.
The systems are generating between 10 and 20 per cent of each store’s energy needs, with those stores with larger scale systems producing up to 35 per cent renewable energy.
In addition to this, the solar PV system at Bunnings Warehouse Alice Springs was expanded from 100 kilowatts to 475 kilowatts, and battery storage was introduced; the first of its kind for the network. The system and battery storage are expected to provide 80 per cent of the store’s energy needs.
At the end of the financial year solar PV systems were installed at 23 stores across Australia, covering 25,000 square metres of roof area.
Solar PV systems will be installed at further locations in the coming financial year.