Origin wins landmark solar contract with Westfield

29 April 2016

Origin is all set to build Australia’s largest ever solar car park canopy installation at Westfield Marion shopping centre in Adelaide.

Origin has been awarded the contract to complete Australia’s largest ever car park canopy solar installation at Westfield Marion shopping centre in Adelaide which is jointly owned by Scentre Group and Australian Prime Property Fund Retail.

The construction of the solar panels is set to commence in coming weeks, with approximately 240 car parking spaces to be covered by 14 separate solar canopies. When completed, the installation will have a generating capacity of 647.73 kW and help Westfield Marion achieve annual carbon dioxide savings of about 650 tonnes each year.1

The solar canopy installation project, which forms part of a broader centre redevelopment that includes a new fresh food market and supermarket, has commenced with initial engineering design works and is due for completion in late 2016. 

Origin’s General Manager Solar & Emerging Businesses, Phil Mackey said Origin is delighted to be involved in such an important part of Westfield Marion’s broader redevelopment "When completed, this will be Australia’s largest installation of its type and will help Westfield Marion reduce its carbon footprint."


“When completed, this will be Australia’s largest installation of its type and will help Westfield Marion reduce its carbon footprint."


“Entering into a long-term solar solution can help property owners and managers like Scentre Group reduce the energy costs of their assets and provides some cost certainty against potential future movements in electricity prices” Phil shared.

Scentre Group General Manager of Facilities and Sustainability Stuart Elder said: “The installation has the benefit of providing shade to our customer’s cars – which obviously improves their shopping experience at Westfield Marion. Solar is a key pillar to Scentre Group’s sustainable energy strategy as it reduces our carbon footprint and reliance on traditional electricity generation, providing a win-win for all stakeholders.”

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1. Annual CO2 Savings as per August 2015 NGERS Factors (Scope 2+3 emissions). Emissions calculation based on approximate modelled annual generation output of system.