Australia’s NBN is now running on solar power

The installation of 1.75MW of solar capacity across the National Broadband Network (NBN) has been completed.

Queensland company Solgen Energy was 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. Several solar PV arrays were installed; roof mounted solar PV arrays for metropolitan Technical Aggregation Node Development (TAND) sites and ground-mounted solar arrays for remote-based Satellite Earth Stations (SES).

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.

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