Australia’s largest vertical solar system on Beulah’s Melbourne CBD tower

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Paragon, a 48-story luxury mixed-use residential tower in Melbourne’s CBD, will have the largest vertical solar panel system in Australia to outperform other buildings with similar systems.

Melbourne’s award-winning developer Beulah commissioned b.energy to install the 42 kW solar system on the core walls of the tower. Maximizing renewable electricity generation, reducing carbon emissions, lowering common property costs and, indirectly, lowering corporate owner fees imposed on residents were some of the drivers behind Beulah’s move to incorporate renewable energy into the building.

With these goals in mind, b.energy developed a strategy for vertical renewable energies that only applies to high-rise buildings. Recognized as the largest implementation of its kind in Melbourne, Paragon’s solar power system comprises 128 modules spanning an impressive 158 m² and outperforms similar developments in emission reduction, cost savings and sustainability of green energy.

The solution from b.energy uses 128 monocrystalline Trina Solar HoneyBlack 325W modules to generate 30 MWh of green electricity while at the same time overcoming the problem of limited space for building technology on the roof.

According to Adelene Teh, Managing Director of Beulah, the vertical solar power system is an important addition to the luxury tower as the company can continue on its path towards sustainable development with a reduced carbon footprint.

“We are so proud to bring Melburnians a remarkable new tower with a landscape of social spaces that add a sophisticated design to Melbourne life and entertainment,” said Teh.

“Paragon offers high-quality, comfortable living with the implementation of an excellent solar system that means that their lifestyle has little impact on the environment.”

By using b.energy for the feasibility and provision of the system, Beulah has succeeded in recognizing its vision of a sustainable, intelligent and aesthetically pleasing development that reduces CO2 emissions for the environment.

“The combination of a lacquered elevator core and elegant HoneyBlack modules not only significantly enhanced the aesthetics of the building design, but also helped to lower the electricity costs for shared properties,” said James Dunstan, Chairman of b.energy.

“While power generation with flat or graded systems is generally closer to 56 MWh, the generation of 30 MWh far exceeds the renewable energies that could otherwise be obtained on the confined roof,” he added.

The Paragon designed by Fender Katsalidis was built for 227 luxury residences and is intended to change the skyline of Melbourne with its eye-catching blue and gold glass facade.

Paragon is scheduled to be completed next month.

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