CEP.Energy has announced a ground-breaking 30-year renewable energy partnership with Australia’s largest privately-owned shopping centre, the Narellan Town Centre (NTC).
Under the agreement, CEP.Energy will invest up to $40 million to install, own and operate an embedded renewable energy network at NTC that will provide its retail tenants with the benefit of reliable, renewable energy which is produced onsite at a discount to grid energy.
Once fully developed, the renewable rooftop powerplant will consist of a 50,000 square metre array of solar panels on the NTC rooftop, supported by local battery storage.
The network will be developed in stages to a solar system size of 10 megawatt and a 20-megawatt hour battery system.
NTC is jointly owned by Dart West Retail Pty Ltd – a partnership between the Vitocco and Perich families that began with the NTC’s opening in 1995.
Following a major expansion that was completed in 2017, NTC boasts 76,000 square metres of shopping, lifestyle and entertainment precincts containing over 220 speciality retail outlets, a cinema complex and 3,000 car spaces. The centre also has a 10-year plan to expand to 135,000 square metres.
CEP.Energy CEO, Peter Wright, said the 30-year lease agreement provided NTC’s owners and tenants with a total renewable energy solution.
“We are delighted to be partnering with Australia’s largest privately-owned shopping centre in the country’s fastest-growing area,” Mr Wright said.
“Embedded renewable energy networks offer long term benefits to landlords, tenants, investors and the community. NTC’s retail customers can expect to save about 20 per cent on their electricity bills.”
Mr Wright said CEP.Energy aimed to have 1.5 gigawatts of solar and 1 gigawatt of battery energy storage providing a steady flow of low-cost energy for commercial, retail and industrial tenants across the country within five years.
The agreement with NTC follows CEP.Energy’s foundation agreement with large scale commercial and industrial property owner Pelligra to lease roof space and build and operate solar panels. In turn, CEP.Energy will offer tenants, which are predominantly small to medium-sized businesses, reliable solar energy at a reduced cost.