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March 11, 2015

ICC Sydney to Get Community-Funded Solar Energy Rooftop

Big sustainability news from Australia, where the ICC Sydney will be home to the first community-funded solar energy project of its kind in the country, allowing members of the public to to buy shares in a social venture that will own the building’s solar array.

One of Australia’s largest solar arrays within a Central Business District is being built on the roof of ICC Sydney to generate power for the venue. Sydney Renewable Power Company is the social venture that will own the array.

In a statement, ICC Sydney Chief Executive Officer Geoff Donaghy said the initiative reflected the approach the management team would take once the venue was operational in late 2016.

“International convention centers of our scale have the ability to make meaningful social connections on a variety of fronts," he said.
"These include, but are not limited to, enhancing the intellectual capital of the host community, food redistribution projects, in-house training schemes and connecting school and community groups with leaders of industry, innovation and professional development,” he said.
 Donaghy is also President of the International Association of Convention Centres (AIPC), which has a membership base covering more than 50 countries.

The solar array is expected to produce approximately 5 percent of the energy required for the venue, which is equivalent to powering more than 100 homes every year. 

Under construction and opening in December 2016, ICC Sydney is being developed through a Public Private Partnership (PPP) with the New South Wales Government and Darling Harbour Live (comprising Lend Lease, HOSTPLUS, Capella Capital, AEG Ogden and Spotless). Lend Lease, who is designing and constructing the venue and associated public realm and connections, will install a solar array supplied by Canadian Solar Inc. onto the roofs of the theatre and convention buildings.


• Darling Harbour Live is registered with the US Green Building Council for LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certification, target Gold (Internationally recognized Green building standard)

• Over 15 percent reduction in annual greenhouse gas emissions to 2012 NCC minimum requirements

• Target 14 percent reduction in potable water use (reference to Australian Standard AS/NZ:500.1.2003 100 percentmains water)

• Solar hot water servicing the commercial kitchens

• Improved east west pedestrian connections between Darling Harbour and neighboring precincts of Chinatown, Town Hall, Central, Ultimo and Pyrmont

• New 680-meter long 20m wide Boulevard connecting Darling Harbour to Quay Street

• Encourage cycling with designated bike track and end of trip facilities

• 3,000 square meters more public space at Tumbalong Park

• 90 percent construction waste recycling target

• 75 percent operational waste recycling target.

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