Stockland has established a new partnership with Energy Bay to manage the provision of energy across its entire property portfolio.
The deal covers more than 50 buildings with over 50 megawatts peak (MWp) of solar energy generated on the rooftops of Stockland’s shopping centres and logistics assets.
In a market leading move, Stockland is using inter-asset energy trading to allow the additional renewable energy generated at Stockland’s logistics assets to be dedicated for use at its other commercial buildings and land lease communities.
Stockland’s managing director and CEO, Tarun Gupta, said the innovative partnership with Energy Bay is expected to make a significant contribution to the achievement of Stockland’s net zero scope 2 emissions by 2025 by generating as much power as the portfolio consumes each year and retiring the renewable energy certificates created.
“The partnership with Energy Bay is a significant step towards our transition to a low carbon future using innovative, scalable, and economically sustainable solutions,” Gupta said.
“With the use of 100% renewable electricity at our properties, this will have an immediate impact on our recently launched ESG strategy and updated decarbonisation targets.”
Energy Bay will purchase Stockland’s existing ~17 MWp of solar panels, mostly located at town centres, and install and own an additional ~34 MWp of solar infrastructure across Stockland’s assets by 2025.
Stockland’s executive general manager, Workplace, Emlyn Keane, said this market-leading scheme to trade solar energy among Stockland assets unlocks the abundant roof space of their premises so that excess energy generated can be traded to properties across the Stockland Group.
“The partnership allows us to use our own rooftops rather than requiring additional land for solar farms and avoids the premium cost of renewable energy power purchasing agreements,” Keane said.
“The base power demands of logistics assets are low, meaning our town centres and workplaces can draw on the renewable energy generated on these rooftops to offset their consumption, which is typically higher.
“The use of our existing commercial property assets combined with our $6.4 billion logistics pipeline will see approximately 250,000 square metres of solar panels installed on our roofs, the equivalent of around 35 football fields.”
Stockland will receive an upfront payment from Energy Bay for its existing solar panels and create recurring income from licensing retail and logistics roof space to support the solar panel infrastructure on a number of assets across the country.
Under the terms of the agreement, Energy Bay will licence available roof space from Stockland for 30 years allowing it to operate and maintain the embedded networks and manage and sell energy services. Stockland will purchase energy from Energy Bay for 15 years.
Energy Bay CEO, James Doyle, said the initiative will deliver significant environmental benefits while producing a long-term, cost-effective renewable energy solution for Stockland.
“Through this partnership, Energy Bay will develop, install, and operate a major renewable energy platform, right on the rooftop of Stockland’s vast commercial assets, on-selling the energy produced back to Stockland at a competitive price point,” Doyle said.
“The initiative is a fantastic step in the decarbonisation of the Australian commercial sector, allowing Stockland to substantially achieve its 2025 net zero scope 2 emissions, and mitigate an estimated 50,000 tonnes in CO2 emissions annually, once more than 50 MWp of solar PV is installed.”
As the partnership progresses, Stockland will explore how tenants across its property portfolio can have the opportunity to join the scheme and potentially drive down their emissions and assist in reducing Stockland’s scope 3 emissions.
There are also plans underway for future battery storage to optimise the amount of renewable energy at these sites.
Stockland’s net zero ambitions are supported by the Clean Energy Finance Corporation (CEFC).
CEFC head of property, Michael Di Russo said the CEFC has been working with Stockland since 2019 to accelerate their net zero ambitions, and the development of this new energy sharing scheme is the exciting realisation of a significant milestone for Stockland’s progress towards its net zero goals.
“Australia’s buildings consume around half of the nation’s electricity, and up to 77 per cent of energy network system capacity during peak periods,” Di Russo said.
“This latest milestone is an important demonstration of the innovation needed as we work towards Australia’s energy transition.
“The property industry has a key role to play in continuing to innovate and push to further decarbonise for Australia to meet our emissions reduction targets.”