The Pines Leads the Way with Massive Solar Structure

Family owned shopping centre The Pines at Elanora has followed the trend in its local community by embracing solar power. The recent unveiling of its $30 million redevelopment was topped off by over 2050 solar panels which will generate over 1000MWh of electricity per annum.

The Pine’s Centre Manager, Hilary Jacobs, said introducing solar was in line with the centre’s vision to contribute positively to the local community.

“As a community shopping centre, it is important that we lead the way in reducing our environmental footprint. Thanks to the solar car park, our CO2 offset will be the equivalent of taking 185 cars off the road each year.”

The centre has outdone itself by installing a 636kW solar system – the largest solar car park structure in Australia – which makes it one of the largest solar power generators in the country. Its opening co-incided with the wrap up of COP21 UN climate change conference in Paris at which 195 countries, including Australia, have reached a binding agreement to curb global warming and its impact on the planet.

But this isn’t where their environmental vision ends. Recently The Pines management have asked students in the local area to design an eco friendly, reusable tote bag to help reduce plastic bag usage in the centre. This will be locally made and contribute to the economy of the area.

In collaboration with Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary, the centre has been major sponsors of The Pines Elanora Discovery Den, an amazing outdoor teaching space for environmental education. Through a variety of tailored workshops linked to the Australian Curriculum, school students can be totally immersed in their learning, being surrounded by the beautiful natural bush setting.

Through their initiatives The Pines are leading the way in implementing measures to lighten their footprint on the Planet. With the Australian Government now reinstating their funding for wind power projects, let’s hope that some of the redevelopments on the coastline will take note and follow suit.

Julia Schafer

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