EARLIER this year, Svitzer commissioned an 86-kilowatt solar power generation project at its new office in Brisbane.

When operating at capacity, the system will provide around 40% of the total electricity required for the office building, the five tugs at the adjacent berths and workshops. The company estimates it will avoid the emission of more than 100 tonnes of carbon dioxide per year.

With an average of 2880 hours of sunshine per year, more than 20 years remaining on the lease and plenty of roof capacity, Svitzer’s site at the Port of Brisbane was identified as an ideal location to install solar photovoltaic panels.

Svitzer Australia managing director Nicolaj Noes said, “The switching on of the 86-kilowatt system in our Brisbane operation is quite a milestone for Svitzer. It represents the first of many steps toward more sustainable, nature-driven power options and reduced reliance on the power grid in our port locations.”

Svitzer Australia port manager for Brisbane Andy Perry said, “The newly installed 86-kilowatt solar system is generating enough energy to supply 40% of the power for our Brisbane operation’s five tugs, offices and workshop.

“Since the system’s installation in March, over 15 tonnes of carbon dioxide have been saved, which is equivalent to the amount absorbed by 5100 trees”. The system is estimated to have a payback period of around seven years. The site development in Brisbane also included electric car charging stations.