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NBN Co completes installation of solar PV across network

Solgen Energy has completed the installation of 175MW of ground-mounted and rooftop solar systems across the NBN.


Australia’s National Broadband Network may not have delivered the world’s fastest internet speeds, but it is a little greener this week, after the installation of 1.75MW of solar capacity across the NBN was completed.


The various solar PV arrays, designed and installed by Queensland-based company Solgen Energy, include ground mounted systems at the NBN’s remote-based Satellite Earth Stations (SES) and rooftop systems on the metropolitan Technical Aggregation Node and Development (TAND) facilities.


They were commissioned by the government-owned NBN Co, to reduce the environmental impact of the upgrade of Australia’s communication infrastructure and help ensure future access to high speed broadband.

In the case of the 10 satellite ground stations NBN Co has built around Australia – aimed at providing residents in remote and regional areas with high speed broadband services – the on-ground solar farms are designed to offset the power consumption of the facilities.


SES ground stations have been built in Bourke, Broken Hill, and Wolumla in New South Wales; Carnarvon, Geraldton, Kalgoorlie, and Waroona in Western Australia; Roma in Queensland; Geeveston in Tasmania; and Ceduna in South Australia.nbn-img

Solgen CEO David Naismith said the NBN Co’s prioritisation of clean energy solutions for the network set an important example for other major corporations.

“To ensure this government initiative will provide future generations with many years of high speed broadband access, a combined 1.75MW solar power capacity was installed across the majority of NBN’s sites. A big achievement for all involved.

“Solgen’s overall approach to the design of each solar array was aimed around efficiency with respect to the proposed infrastructure and the existing topography of each site.

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  1. Charles 4 years ago

    This is all up in the air under the current government situation is resolved, but… if NBNCo is concerned about energy use, perhaps they should reconsider their fibre-to-the-node (FTTN) stance. Every cabinet in a FTTN arrangement needs to be powered, both adding another potential cause to an outage (see the recently flooded cabinets in Tasmania) as well as costing an extra $800 million in energy costs per year.

    Fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) cabinets however, are not powered and are purely passive. They even work when submerged in water, as they do not use electrically conductive cabling.

    • Brunel 4 years ago

      They should look at building a FTTF network.

      Fibre to the fence. So 2 houses can connect to fibre using WiFi.

      Halve the trenching needed and build the network much sooner.

      • Charles 4 years ago

        That sounds even worse than the One Nation broadband policy (yes, they have one…)

        • Brunel 4 years ago

          The FTTH network was being built too slowly.

          Or look at building a Fibre to the streetlight network.

          There are about 4 houses per streetlight and houses are so close together in new suburbs that the speeds would be great.

          Worth investigating that option.

  2. Brunel 4 years ago

    Where are the solar panels made.

    Given that it is a government project, it should be banned from using solar panels that are not made in AUS/NZ.

  3. Recalcitrant Recidivist 4 years ago

    They’re still a mob of c*nts though. Abbott and Turnbull have really
    fk’d things up. We could have had a world class NBN. Now we have a
    busted up, NBN/Telstra hybrid. A bottle-necked by copper, cluster fuck
    of a thing. And for what? To shore up just one more slice of Murdoch’s
    global empire and secure annual dividends for the investment class
    parasites that bought into the Telstra sell off in the first pace. The
    LNP really know how to stuff things up don’t they? They see an
    opportunity for a bucket load of taxpayers money, and in a massive greed
    fueled brain fart, they go about destroying key infrastructure and
    divide the spoils up among themselves. It’s nice that in part it’s
    powered by solar and all. But FFS! What a f*ck up!

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