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The Mint set for greener energy The Royal Australian Mint (the Mint) is one step closer to further improving sustainability and adopting a greener © David Franklin/Dollar Photo Club

approach to coin production with the appointment of Origin Energy to install and manage one of the ACT’s largest rooftop solar energy systems. The installation of a solar panel photovoltaic (PV) energy system on the roof of the iconic building in Deakin will reduce the Mint’s peak electricity consumption and introduce renewable solar energy to the site. After a competitive process, Origin was awarded the tender to design, build,

The Mint CEO Ross MacDiarmid said this new installation will reduce the Mint’s carbon footprint, while having an additional financial benefit.

solution for one of Australia’s most iconic organisations. “This is one of the largest solar PPA installations on a building in Australia

own, operate and maintain the solar PV

“This move by the Royal Australian Mint

to date, and demonstrates how large

system and sell the generated solar energy

will make a significant environmental impact

organisations are now making the most of

to the Mint via a 15-year power purchase

by reducing greenhouse emissions; and

solar energy. Solar can deliver businesses

agreement (also known as a PPA).

with a cost reduction, these panels are a

benefits to both their bottom line and their

real investment for the Mint’s future,” said

carbon footprint, and it is great that the

MacDiarmid.

Mint is leading the way for big business

The system will consist of 924 solar panels, which will be installed in the coming months in areas that are not visible

Origin Chief Executive Officer Energy

from the ground in order to preserve the

Markets Frank Calabria said that Origin is

Origin Energy

aesthetics of the Mint’s exterior.

pleased to be delivering a cleaner energy

www.originenergy.com.au

in Canberra,” said Calabria.

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