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. “
Wow! Clever. And surely there can’t be anything to complain about for local residents either.
Gavin Webber says
I agree Jessie, it is a good way to cut down on noise pollution.
I was originally going to be working with “Going Solar” to install the panels on the freeway near Sunshine (great location for Solar Panels don’t you think?) but the timetable conflicted with some work in East TImor.
I was involved in the PV system installation at Vic Market a few years ago. About 200kW from memory and quite a good project to work on. One of the installers told me they could actually measure a tiny amount of power during a full moon!!
Gavin Webber says
Love the Sunshine joke Mick. Did the freeway work get completed? Can you provide a link?
I think Going Solar has some info on their site but I couldn’t find it when I looked. Last time I drove past it was about half complete.
If I find a link I’ll let you know.