Bunnings continues solar investment
As part of ongoing efforts to improve the energy efficiency of its business operations, Bunnings has been trialling renewable micro generation projects since 2009.
Initial trials in solar photovoltaic at Bunnings Warehouse Belconnen (Australian Capital Territory) and wind turbines at Bunnings Warehouse Port Kennedy and Bunnings Warehouse Rockingham (both in Western Australia) were followed by the installation of a solar photovoltaic system at Bunnings Warehouse Alice Springs (Northern Territory) in 2014. A key feature at Bunnings Warehouse Alice Springs was the improved inverter technology, making the system four times more efficient than previous installations.
During the financial year solar photovoltaic systems were also installed at Bunnings Warehouse Geraldton (Western Australia), Bunnings Warehouse Ballina (New South Wales), Bunnings Warehouse Gympie and Bunnings Warehouse Smithfield (both in Queensland), with each solar photovoltaic system currently generating between 10 and 20 percent of the stores’ daily energy needs.
Solar photovoltaic systems will be installed at further locations in the next financial year.