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Innovative and sustainable solutions – MIRRAT’s solar story

Businesses across Australia are increasingly looking to sustainable solutions to help reduce the environmental impact of their operations.

Melbourne International RoRo and Auto Terminal (MIRRAT) is a great example of this.  With the aim of setting the global benchmark in terminal suitability, the new Melbourne facility features LED lighting to reduce energy usage by 30 per cent, tanks for the harvesting of rainwater and a Building Management System that monitors and manages energy consumption.

At the heart of this sustainable design is its commercial solar system that helps power the administration building.

We spoke to MIRRAT’s Head of Commercial & Stakeholder Management shortly after the new complex was completed. Since then they have gone on to win the Leadership in Infrastructure Sustainability category at the 2016 Sustainability in Infrastructure Awards with their construction partner CPB.

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My name’s Jed Smith. I am the Head of Commercial and Stakeholder Management at Melbourne International RoRo Terminal. MIRRAT for short.

MIRRAT’s a brand new automotive terminal here in Melbourne. We’ll actually be the largest automotive terminal in Australia. We process vehicles as they are discharged into the country and then we stage them for distribution to dealership networks.

The facility itself we’re looking to have as green star, five star rated and also an accreditation from ISCA which is the council of sustainability for Australia.

Solar is one of the key parts of that sustainable green star were looking to achieve. We’ve engaged with EnergyAustralia to design and install that facility for us.

What we’ve got is 384 PV cells which is generating around 100KW of power to the site. So that’s feeding about 75-80% of the consumption for the administration building through those solar panels.

There is probably two ways it benefits us. One is we’re practising what we’re trying to preach in terms of that sustainable business model. But then also we have a lease for over 25 years, over that time it more than pays for itself.

Working with EnergyAustralia’s been great. The engagement they have had in the program right through from design right up until today, we’re still getting support on how to use the system and make sure its delivering what we want.

It really is at the heart of what we’re doing, is trying to deliver sustainable solutions.