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By May 18, 2023Club News

Cazalys has thought long and hard about delivering a must for our Members and guests by providing a Solar shaded carpark option. In the midst of a Far North Queensland Summer, inside a locked car the temperatures can exceed 50 degrees.  There were other factors to take into consideration including, a cyclone rated system, the ability to adapt the design to be energy efficient, EV charging, and providing sustainable and greener energy via Solar for the Cazalys operations.

The construction will be completed in 2 stages, to reduce the disruption to our members by still providing limited car spaces on the Mulgrave Road site, however, Cazalys does have a  second car park, behind the Cazalys building with entry via our second reception (signed as P2 parking)  into Barassis restaurant. This carpark can also be accessed via the Tills Street AFL entrance. SEE DIAGRAM BELOW.

Cazalys is serious about reducing their carbon footprint, so they have teamed up with a Cairns Company Portagrid Electrical Pty Ltd to install the solar array, which provides the best commercial solution, which is also good for the community and the environment.

The solar array features a bifacial solar panel, where solar can be produced from both sides of a bifacial module, which increases energy generation.  These bifacial panels are more durable because both sides
are UV resistant.

Once the Mulgrave Road carpark is complete it should save Cazalys approximately 31% on electricity costs and provide shade cover for our Members vehicles.  The solar array includes an energy portal will provide data on the total electricity usage, and we anticipate we will be exporting power to the Cairns electricity network.  This data will be shown on a television screen installed in the main reception area.

The system boasts a 637kW Solar array providing shade to 184 carparks and including an 4 bay electric vehicle charging spaces. EV owners will be able to charge their electric car while using the Club facilities.

Cazalys is excited to be forerunners in this new bifacial sustainable energy and bringing this technology to Cairns, to promote further adoption within the community. We are constantly introducing measures
to protect our environment and reduce our costs. Cazalys cares and supports local and regional businesses in the construction of this project.