October 15, 2012 — Kyocera Solar, Inc., a leading supplier of reliable solar modules and renewable energy solutions, recently supplied 348 kilowatts (kW) of solar modules that now cover the roof of the Townsville RSL Stadium in North Queensland, Australia. The photovoltaic installation, which will produce approximately 500 megawatt hours (MWh) of energy annually, is now the largest in North Queensland and will supply the equivalent of two-thirds of the stadium’s energy requirements by utilizing the clean, renewable energy of the sun.
Ergon Energy installed the solar system, which will generate about 1,400 kilowatt hours each day, equivalent to the daily energy requirements of 75 typical North Queensland homes. That amount of clean energy equates to eliminating 460 tonnes of carbon pollution each year or removing approximately 100 cars from the road.
Federal Parliamentary Secretary for Climate Change and Energy Efficiency, Mark Dreyfus, opened the Townsville RSL Stadium solar array. “These measures make the most of Australia’s natural resources and help us make the gradual shift to a modern, clean energy economy,” he stated.
More than 1,800 Kyocera solar modules provide two-thirds of Townsville RSL Stadium’s power needs.
The solar-powered stadium is a key component of the federally funded Townsville Solar City Program, which is already responsible for installing more than 1MW of solar energy in the city.The program will help achieve objectives to better manage rising electricity demand in Northern Queensland using environment-friendly resources.
Townsville Queensland Solar City is one of seven solar cities across Australia, and part of the Australian Government’s Solar Cities program that works with all levels of government, industry and community to change the way we think about and use energy.
“Kyocera is proud to support Ergon, the leader of the Townsville Solar City Program, to help create renewable solar energy that will power the North Queensland region for decades to come,” said Steve Hill, president of Kyocera Solar, Inc. “Citizens attending basketball games and other events at Townsville RSL Stadium may enjoy themselves even more knowing that the stadium’s commitment to environmentally friendly renewable energy helps to protect Australia’s natural beauty.”