Learn about our Solar Program

Members of our centre management team inspect the new solar system

We’ve been energised!

We’re excited to announce that we’ve completed the final stage of work to install our roof top solar system at Bayside. This exciting new source of clean, renewable energy will help us power the centre and create greater energy resilience for the entire Bayside community.

Over 4,000 solar panels have been installed, which if laid end-to-end equals about 8kms of solar or the distance from Bayside to Mount Eliza. And even better, the 1.5 megawatts (MW) capacity system is energised and already generating power.

Bayside Manager, Gabe North-Harney said: We want to make our centres more sustainable. It makes good business sense but also delivers value for our customers, communities and the environment.

Clean energy generation is a hot topic in Frankston, with the council committed to a carbon neutral goal by 2025, and Vicinity recently announcing our Net Zero Carbon Target. We’re very happy to be a part of the solution – and the clean energy we’ll generate is enough to power more than 300 Victorian homes.

We’ve joined the growing number of Vicinity centres able to utilise clean, renewable energy from their solar installations to help power the centre, reduce our reliance on the national grid and make a positive environmental impact for the local community.

The addition of solar at Bayside also brings Vicinity even closer to the expected 31 MW total capacity in 2019. This will provide annual energy generation of over 48,500 MWh - enough to power the equivalent of over 8,300 Victorian homes for a year.

Vicinity’s Head of Integrated Energy, Renae Sambrooks said: The new solar installation at Bayside is another demonstration of Vicinity’s ongoing commitment to, and investment in, renewable energy. By embedding innovation, such as solar, in our portfolio we are striving to place renewable energy at the very heart of our communities.

Our large-scale national solar program also includes several innovation firsts for the Australian retail property sector, including Australia’s first retail battery, energy block chain trial, bifacial solar panel and solar glass trials. Combined with our industry-leading solar program, these initiatives will help deliver intelligent energy destinations across Vicinity’s national portfolio.