AUSTRALIA – Sanyo along with its system integrator, Apollo Energy, have unveiled the largest commercially-funded solar panel installation in Australia for Johnson & Johnson Medical.

As part of the Johnson & Johnson Medical sustainability program, Project Leaf: linking environment and future, a 200 kilowatt Sanyo solar panel system has been installed on the roof of its Sydney headquarters.

The vendor partnered with its system integrator, Apollo Energy, to help install the system, which contains 952 panels, covers a surface area on the roof of 1212sqm and will power over 50 homes. It aims to save Johnson & Johnson Medical 240 tonnes of CO2 emissions.

According to ARN, Sanyo group manager, environmental division, Paul Reeves, said the development of this large scale solar panel installation is truly a milestone for the solar panel industry in Australia.

“It is the largest panel installation in the country and will save Johnson & Johnson Medical around 10 per cent of its electricity costs,” he said. “The technology is getting to the point where companies like Johnson & Johnson Medical, understand that the solar energy solutions they purchase will not only provide them with a reduction in their footprint, it will also be working for the next 25 to 30 years to dramatically reduce their monthly electricity bills.”

The rooftop solar panel installation uses Sanyo’s patented HIT technology, which are cells that combine technology from two common solar cells, Crystalline and Amorphous, to create a more efficient and effective solar cell. Sanyo HIT solar cells are hybrid cells, made of thin mono crystal silicon surrounded by ultra-thin amorphous silicon layer.

Minister Assisting the Minister for Climate Change and Energy Efficiency, Greg Combet, Member for Bennelong, Maxine McKew and a host of other dignitaries launched the installation in Sydney’s North Ryde yesterday, 19 August.

Source: The Bio Energy Site.