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BI PV Urban Scale Project Details
Name projectOlympics Village, Sydney
Year1999-00-00 (Start operation date)
PV applicationInclined roof - integrated: PV roof tiles
PV power total kWp
Latitude/Longitude34°0'0"S 151°12'0"E
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Project summary
Newington is a low-rise, inner-city suburb of around 90 hectares. It is located approximately 15 kilometres west of the Sydney CBD, on a site of approximately 262 hectares, which encompasses the Olympic Village. The site originally consisted of salt marshes, wetlands and open grasslands and had been extensively used for industrial purposes. The brownfield site, previously housed saltworks, flour and tweed mills, a government asylum and hospital and most recently, a navy ammunition d

Urban scale PV aspects
Architectural design issues that were considered include: • Balancing the incorporation of photovoltaics with the desire to create a ‘low-tech’ streetscape. The visibility of the PV is varied over the site depending on the house design concept, orientation and urban design goals; • Matching the BIPV system to the different architectural styles of each architect; • Site planning and roof design so that the majority of roofs lie within the range of 20º west of north and 30º east of north; • Provision of about 80 per cent of roofs with a 25º pitch to optimise outputs; • Positioning of the solar hot water units in relation to the PV laminates; • Controlling the visual appearance of non-integrated systems where roof orientation was not optimal (minority of houses).

Special PV project info
PV architecture and building integrationMore highly-engineered BIPV approaches from overseas were rejected in favour of a design that could meet market needs and be readily accepted by the housing industry for simplicity and ease of installation. Typically, the tray installation would take half an hour and PV wiring a little over two hours. A record number of nine roofs were installed in one day by two skilled labours. Pacific Power provided third-party indemnity and the systems were covered by a 10-year warranty on deterioration in output due to faulty workmanship or materials. The frameless laminate design and diamond tray mounting clips lower life cycle energy costs and help to achieve a pleasing balance of cost versus thermal performance and energy yield.
Urban planning issuesNewington was part of the Olympics master plan to create a working athletes’ village that could then be onsold as a typical suburb of private housing.
Economical and financial issuesSydney Olympic Village development: 590 million AUD (NSW Government contributed 63,8 million AUD); After the Olympics the estimated selling price of the houses started at around 355 000 AUD for 3-bedroom courtyard homes to 540 000 AUD for 4-bedroom executive homes.
PV ownershipBuilding owner: Inhabitant, after the Olympic. (During the Olympic, Sydney Olympics Village Consortium). PV owner: Inhabitant. (During the Olympic; Sydney Olympics Village Consortium). PV energy user: Inhabitant
Tariffs and metering
Expected energy yield per year: 1 300 – 1 500 kWh/kW/year.
Info on grid issuesThe utility, Energy Australia was a key consortium member and the Olympics Village was used as a testing bed for understand risks of islanding and harmonics. Given that the suburb was a new development the utility were able to design the electrical infrastructure to allow for a dispersed location of PV embedded generators linked to the gird network.
Other infoClient: Olympic Co-ordination Authority Owner and user: Originally Pacific Power (home owner thereafter) Project architects: Henry Pollack Architects (co-ordinators), Virginia Kerridge, Grose Bradley, Gordon & Valich, Order Architects, Howard Tanner & Associates, Tonkin Zulaikha, Richard Huxley. Engineers: Connell Wagner, BP Solar & Pacific Power Contractor: Civil & Civil (Lend Lease Projects) Builders-Developers: Mirvac LendLease PV manufacture: BP Solar BIPV system supplier(s): BP Solar, PV Manufacturers, BOS suppliers BIPV installer(s): BP Solar Structural installation
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Other project data
Type of projectDemonstration Project
Other relevant aspects
Start of PV project
Start operation PV system1999-00-00
Main project leading companyMirvac Lend Lease Village Consortium
Main project contact person
Contact email
Contact address
Includes PV database projectsAthletes Village, Olympic Games Sydney 2000
Superdome Olympic Games Sydney 2000

Urban district data
Kind of urban areaResidential - urban
Main building typesHouses - attached houses
New/Retrofit/AddedNew building integration
Main PV area address

PV systems
PV applicationInclined roof - integrated: PV roof tiles
PV power total urban project857 kWp
Number of dwellings/units935
PV power per dwellings/units1 kWp
Main PV system typesGrid-connected - demand side
Main PV module typesLaminates - regular laminate,
PV building elements - PV roof tile
Main PV cell typesCrystalline silicon - mono
PV module brand and typeBP Solar/Saturn PV
PV inverter brand and typePredominantly 850 W BP Solar inverters

PV cost and energy production
Total PV system investment
Average PV modules only costs
Total PV energy yield0 kWh
PV energy user owner

Projects websitehttp://www.newingtonvillage.com.au/
Other websites http://www.bp.com/liveassets/bp_internet/solar/bp_solar_australia/STAGING/local_assets/downloads_pdfs/a/Aust_ps_solar_Newington.pdf
Webpage Educational Tool

1. OlympicsVillage.pdf (language: English)

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