Solar System for CBD Tower


April 22, 2020

The office tower housing Indian mining giant Adani is going solar.

Owners Sentinel Property Group have commenced installation of a solar power system for the high-profile Townsville CBD commercial office building River Quay’s.

Sentinel Property Group managing director Warren Ebert said that the seven-storey River Quays building at 3-17 Tomlins St, Townsville, would have 263 solar panels installed on the roof.

Mr Ebert said Sentinel was investing heavily in renewable energy and last year completed a $2 million solar power upgrade at its DFO Cairns retail centre, installing more than 3000 solar panels.

“Solar is one of the cleanest sources of energy and we have been able to run our DFO retail complex in a more efficient and sustainable manner while providing clean energy,” Mr Ebert Said. “Our solar installation at River Quays is on a much smaller scale … but will still make a big difference.”

Sentinel is installing a 99.94 kilowatt (kWh) photovoltaic (PV) system at River Quays, which is set to produce about 450kWh per day on average.

“It is expected the River Quays system would provide enough energy to power around 20 average family households per day,” Mr Ebert said. “We are also delighted this solar project is providing work for many local contractors at this challenging time, including crane hire, electrical work and traffic control.”

The installation is expected to be completed this month and power energisation early in May.

River Quays is one of Townsville’s most prominent office buildings, offering a net lettable area of 9414 sqm and is leased to national and global tenants including the Commonwealth Department of Agriculture, Telstra and Aecom, as well as Adani.

Sentinel purchased River Quays for $28.6 million in December 2017. River Quays is part of theĀ  Sentinel Regional Office Trust, a portfolio that includes office buildings in Newcastle, Darwin, Brisbane and Cairns.

“Sentinel has invested more than $300 million in Central and North Queensland and we are highly optimistic about the economic outlook for the region for the next decade,” Mr Ebert said.

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