• ANSTO's huge solar installation.
    ANSTO's huge solar installation.

RACV Solar has completed its largest solar panel installation in Victoria to date, at the Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation (ANSTO)’s Australian Synchrotron in Clayton, Victoria.

Offsetting enough power to light up the whole MCG for more than five years, over 3,000 panels have been installed covering an area of nearly 6,600m², including the large and iconic circular roof of the main research facility. 

The panels will save ANSTO over two million kilowatt hours per year while also reducing its carbon footprint by over 1,680 tonnes per year. 

RACV general manager for energy Greg Edye said the engineering and technical expertise required to deliver this type of project is complex.

“The solar panel installation was completed over five months, and it covers the rooftops of the main Australian Synchrotron building, the Australian Synchrotron guesthouse, and the environmentally controlled storage facility,” Edye said. 

Director for ANSTO’s Australian Synchrotron Professor Michael James said this investment in renewable technology is just one way ANSTO can meet its own sustainability goals, while also acting as a buffer against increasing energy overheads in the future.

The installation of a 1,592-kilowatt solar power system will supply part of the Australian Synchrotron’s total energy requirements and is expected to deliver savings of around two million dollars over a five year period to 2029. 

The Australian Synchrotron solar panel installation supports ANSTO’s Environmental Sustainability Strategy to reduce its grid electricity dependency by 20 per cent by 2035.

The synchrotron produces powerful beams of light that are used at the facility to examine the molecular and atomic details of a wide range of materials. The Australian Synchrotron hosts around 5,000 researchers each year.