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O'Donnell Griffin wins third Perth Solar City solar contract

14/07/2010

Engineering group O’Donnell Griffin has been awarded a major solar commercial generation contract at Perth Zoo by SunPower Corporation. The installation is an iconic solar project for Perth Solar City, part of the Australian Government’s $94 million Solar Cities program, and is the third Solar City contract the company has been awarded by SunPower.

O’Donnell Griffin will install a 90.6kW grid connected solar system to five separate rooftops of various animal shelters, including the elephant barn and the reptile centre. All work must adhere to stringent zoo, SunPower and industry standards. The electricity generated will be used to offset consumption on site.

O’Donnell Griffin recently completed two Solar City contracts for SunPower, installing a roof mounted 60.3kW grid connected system of SunPower solar panels on the Midland Railway Workshops’ Foundry and Pattern Shop buildings, currently the largest commercial solar installation in Western Australia. O’Donnell Griffin also installed a roof mounted 48.6kW grid connected solar system at the Central Institute of Technology’s East Perth Campus.

SunPower Corporation Managing Director, Bob Blakiston, said, "SunPower is proud to be, once again, working with installation partner O'Donnell Griffin.

“O'Donnell Griffin was selected as the preferred installation partner by virtue of their depth of experience, commitment to the solar industry and demonstrated capability on similar projects.”

“The 90.6kW solar system is the first phase of a larger Perth Solar City iconic installation at the Zoo and forms part of the Australian Government's $94 million Solar Cities program."

O’Donnell Griffin will be onsite early to mid July with works taking 8-12 weeks, according to Paul Wilson, Service Manager WA - Electrical and Communications.

Paul said it is very gratifying to be working with SunPower to construct these large commercial solar opportunities.

O’Donnell Griffin now has dedicated teams working on renewable energy projects across every state and territory.

O’Donnell Griffin is part of the Norfolk Group (ASX:NFK) of companies and is a leading engineering company nationally with involvement also in major infrastructure projects.

O’Donnell Griffin O’Donnell Griffin is a leading Australian electrical engineering and contracting business founded in 1906. With a skilled workforce of more than 1300 O’Donnell Griffin operates throughout Australia from a network of offices in major capital cities and regional locations.

O’Donnell Griffin’s core capabilities include the design, installation, service and maintenance of general electrical systems, data and communication systems, security and access control systems, railway signalling, traction and communications systems, power generation and co-generation systems, process control systems, instrumentation systems, HV reticulation systems, and transmission towers.

O’Donnell Griffin has played an integral role in the development of Australian infrastructure for both government and the private sector. These industry sectors include mining and resources, transport, power generation and transmission, telecommunications, water and waste water treatment, education and health, and a range of other industrial, manufacturing, commercial and institutional facilities.

Today O’Donnell Griffin is Australian industry’s partner of choice meeting clients’ demands for the highest level of performance, quality and reliability, ensuring efficient, continuous operation of their varied and complex facilities.

Perth Solar City

Perth’s Eastern Region is home to Perth Solar City and includes the Town of Bassendean, City of Bayswater, City of Belmont, Shire of Kalamunda, Shire of Mundaring, and the City of Swan, Perth Solar City is part of the Australian Government’s $94 million Solar Cities program.

Residents in Perth’s Eastern region will gain access to valuable discounts off solar hot water systems, solar energy systems, and take part in other energy saving projects. Five iconic Perth Solar City projects (large installations of solar PV systems) are located outside the Eastern region so that the West Australian public can also have access to major PV installation projects around Perth.

Western Power is leading the Perth Solar City program and is supported by a Consortium of industry leaders including Botanic Gardens and Parks Authority, the Eastern Metropolitan Regional Council (EMRC), Mojarra, Prospero Productions, Solahart, Sunpower and Synergy.



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