The Westwyck Project included the installation of Solar Hot Water and Solar Power systems for 5 apartment buildings in the Westwyck housing development Project in Brunswick West, Melbourne.
The environmentally sustainable features include apartments built to minimise energy usage through double-glazing, heavy insulation, careful selection of lights and appliances and cross-flow ventilation systems. The apartments have been built making maximum use of re-used and recycled materials to the principles of healthy buildings, minimising off-gassing and toxic materials.
Undertaking these energy conservation actions has meant that the residents will gain the full benefit of the solar feed in tariff, where by residents are paid for the electricity that is fed into the electricity grid.
The PV systems installed for this project will prevent 9.1 tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions from being released into the environment each year, which is the equivalent of planting 45 trees each year.
The system comprises
- 30 x 165W solar PV panels
- 5.0 kW system
- 5 x 30 tube evacuated tube solar hot water systems