Solar PV installation strengthens NBN’s goal for upgrade

Author: Darvin Tocmo  Date Posted:6 July 2016 

NBN goes green with their major solar PV installation.

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Australia’s National Broadband Network’s internet speed is questionable for some. But their desire to go green is one thing no one should doubt. The government-owned company is now equipped with a solar capacity of 1.75MW across its compound.

It’s a huge accomplishment not only for the company but also for the entire country. Australia pushes for a low-carbon economy. The cooperation of big businesses, whether private or government-owned like NBN, keeps this vision alive.

The move is in line with the company’s objective to provide high-speed broadband for many years to come. NBN looks into future solar power reliance. If this becomes successful, then NBN is sure to deliver uninterrupted service with minimal impact on the environment.

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Solgen handles solar PV installation

NBN assigned the project to Solgen Energy, a solar power provider based in Queensland.

Solgen built ground mounted systems and rooftop systems at NBN facilities. NBN’s Satellite Earth Stations (SES) and Technical Aggregation Node and Development (TAND) facilities will house the solar PV arrays.

Solgen CEO David Naismith commended NBN for its focus on clean energy solution. He further stated that the network has set an important example for other major corporations.

On-ground solar farms

NBN constructed ten satellite grounds all over Australia. This is to provide high-speed broadband access to residents in remote and regional areas. To offset the power consumption of these facilities, the company relies on their on-ground solar farms.

SES ground stations have been constructed in Bourke, Broken Hill, and Wolumla in New South Wales. In Western Australia, they have Carnarvon, Geraldton, Kalgoorlie, and Waroona. They also have one in Roma, Queensland and another in Geeveston, Tasmania. In South Australia, their ground station sits at Ceduna.

NBN proves that profit and concern for the environment can go hand in hand. The success of their recent solar panel project ensures more set of solar panels at NBN grounds. And hopefully, other Australian companies would follow.