• Solar project to reduce carbon emissions at Resthaven

    Solar project to reduce carbon emissions at Resthaven

    Reducing carbon emissions by 9% across the organisation, Resthaven is rolling out an extensive solar panel installation project that will see solar arrays installed at the organisation’s residential care sites, community services, and corporate offices, with completion of the project expected in July 2024.

    ‘Resthaven is working to reduce our impact on the environment and to cut our carbon footprint,’ Resthaven CEO Darren Birbeck says.

    ‘We are committed to fulfilling our environmental responsibilities. Investing in solar is just one of the ways we are doing this.’

    Working with CME, Suntrix, and sustainability consultant Dsquared Consulting, the rooftop solar systems are a combined 1,511 kilowatts and expected to generate 2,252 megawatt hours annually. System sizes range from five kilowatts generating seven megawatt hours annually on small, community services buildings, to 220 kilowatts generating 310 megawatt hours annually on larger residential care facilities.

    Manager, Building and Capital Works, Emmet O’Donovan, says because Resthaven has multiple sites across the state there is a large amount of roof space that can be utilised for the solar array installations.

    ‘The nature of our business means that we have a large roof footprint,’ Emmet says. ‘We are utilising this to generate the greatest solar energy possible. A lot of our energy usage is during the day, so we are able to directly use what we generate, as well as return some energy to the grid.’

    Once the solar installations are completed at each site, residents, staff, and community members will be able to view the solar energy generation information via a screen in the reception area.

    The project is part of Resthaven’s broader carbon emissions reduction plan which also includes reticulated water for gardens, energy-efficient lighting and waste minimisation strategies. All buildings incorporate environmentally friendly design and redevelopments and refurbishments aim to improve the environmental impact of existing buildings.