FREE energy for new Sydney community – The Orchards
Sekisui House Australia has partnered with local multi-utility company Flow Systems to install one of the largest high-rise roof top solar panel systems in the world to be implemented across a residential, masterplanned community at its innovative new development, The Orchards, currently taking shape at Norwest.
The unique network of power conserving applications at The Orchards will give an entire community 1GWh of free solar power every year for use in common areas which for The Orchards, includes the community’s outdoor cinema and wellness centre, something not previously offered by any other Australian developer to date.
As part of the power saving initiatives to be implemented by Flow at The Orchards, a local energy utility – The Orchard’s Energy - will be implemented comprising state of the art monitoring systems and a bundled energy offer that will allow residents to save up to 35 percent a year on their utility costs.
The move by Sekisui House to partner with Flow Systems, which will reduce carbon emissions and have the equivalent effect of planting around 15,000 trees per year, comes amid escalating power bills nationwide and growing calls for government intervention.
In understanding customer needs for more affordable local power, Sekisui House has taken a leadership position with Flow Systems to ensure residents also benefit from the onsite generation of local renewable energy.
Sekisui House Marketing and Operations Manager, Paul Wainwright, said Sekisui House is proud to offer future residents of its Norwest community some peace of mind in terms of their future energy costs, which for many Sydneysiders, are becoming an increasing burden.
“The issue of affordable and renewable energy in Australia is one that affects everyone, from households increasingly feeling the pinch, right through to small businesses, so it’s little wonder that state leaders around the country are looking for answers and options for consumers,” he said.
Flow Systems Founder, Terry Leckie, said The Orchards’ bundled energy solution will provide a result people expect from energy utilities.
“Customers want to see new products and services that use renewable energy generation like local solar and similar more efficient technologies to pass on meaningful savings to them,” he said.
Mr Wainwright said future residents of The Orchards will now have an answer to the issue of increasing energy bills with a solution that will benefit not just owner-occupiers, but also investors and their tenants – who can finally access world class amenity with lower power costs.
“In real terms, not only will the cost of living become markedly better for residents of The Orchards, but their property values will also benefit, with the obvious bonus of energy savings to this degree having a knock-on effect that results in lower community levies and strata costs,” he said.
When fully completed by 2024, The Orchards will comprise 1,300 luxury apartments set over five stages. It will feature unparalleled amenity for residents and is set to include a two-storey wellness centre with a gymnasium, outdoor lagoon style pool, community café, extensive landscaping and lighting throughout the many orchard-tree-lined pathways that will intersect throughout the precinct, and even an outdoor cinema.
Flow Systems has already partnered with a number of high profile, international developers to integrate its unique local utility energy solutions – extending across innovative localised electricity, gas, and water - across a number of Sydney’s most awarded masterplanned communities. This includes Sekisui House’s joint venture with Frasers Property Australia at the internationally celebrated Central Park precinct in Chippendale.
Mr. Wainwright said the choice to partner with Flow Systems was an easy one following the success delivered by Flow Systems at Central Park.
“In the Hills District, it is very difficult to overlook the range of amenity The Orchards has to offer and now, the level of ongoing energy savings that will ensure these lifestyle extras for residents are not reflected in strata costs.
“We are excited about what can be achieved for the exciting community that we are growing at Norwest – one that will offer even further convenience by way of the much-awaited Sydney North West Metro currently under construction just 500 metres from The Orchards.
“Sustainability is at the heart of all that Sekisui House creates, and Satoyama – the concept of seamlessly integrating natural elements or ‘ribbons of green’, right throughout all our precincts - is very much our inspiration,” Mr Wainwright said.