Of late, I have been singing the praises of Germany with regards to this countries inginuity and rapid uptake of solar technology.
Well, it is time to focus a little closer to home. A kind reader, Andrew M, pointed out to me that VicRoads, our local road authority in this state have fitted 500 metres of solar PV array on one of the freeways in Melbourne.
From the VicRoads website;
“In an Australian first, 210 solar panels are installed along a 500 metre section of the Tullamarine-Calder Freeway noise walls at Essendon North in 2007. A second solar panel installation, constructed in 2012, will generate approximately 120 MWh of electricity per year, saving three million black baloons of greenhouse gas every year. VicRoads sells the solar power into the electricity grid during the day, and purchases it back at night in order to power street lights. “