The Orchards to have one of the world’s biggest rooftop solar panel systems

01 February 2018

Sekisui House’s masterplanned community, The Orchards, will be fitted with one of the world's largest residential high-rise rooftop solar panel systems. 

The solar panels, spanning the size of 24 tennis courts over 6,000m2 , will give an entire community 1GWh of free solar power every year for use in common areas including a two-storey wellness centre with gymnasium, and outdoor cinema. This equates to enough energy to power 77,000 homes for one day. 

In addition, there will be a state-of-the-art individual monitoring system that will allow personalised tracking of how much electricity, gas and water people are using, and a bundled energy package on offer that could deliver savings as high as 30 per cent on utility bills.

Sekisui House Sales and Marketing Operations Manager, Paul Wainwright said future residents of The Orchards will now have an answer to their increasing energy bills with a solution that will benefit not just owner-occupiers, but also investors and their tenants – who can finally access world class amenity with lower power costs.

“In real terms, not only will the cost of living become markedly better for residents of The Orchards, but their property values will also benefit, with the obvious bonus of energy savings to this degree having a knock-on effect that results in lower community levies and strata costs,” he said.

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