RACV takes on globally significant solar installation

Aerial view of Narellan Town Centre

Sue Hewitt

Posted May 07, 2021

RACV lifts clean energy investment with large-scale shopping centre project. 

RACV has entered into an arrangement with renewable energy company CEP.Energy to install a globally significant solar and battery system at Australia’s largest privately owned shopping centre.  

The solar system, to be installed at Narellan Town Centre in southwest Sydney, comprises a 2.62MW (megawatt) solar installation and 10MWh (megawatt hours) battery storage system. With more than 5000 solar panels covering 12,577 square metres, and battery storage equivalent to 740 Tesla home batteries, it is RACV’s largest solar installation to date.  

CEP.Energy, which partners with commercial and industrial property owners to fund, develop and operate advanced renewable microgrids, is leading the project and has engaged RACV in an engineering, procurement and construction agreement to install the system.  

The project promises to provide long-term benefits through a 30-year agreement that will reduce electricity costs for landlords and tenants. It will also offer market services to support the grid. 

A Sydney shopping centre at night with a lit up fountain

The Narellan Town Centre project is RACV's biggest solar installation to date.


RACV Solar chief executive officer Andy McCarthy says the sheer scale of the project and the positive benefits it will provide is a significant milestone for RACV.  

“This very large project in New South Wales is the perfect opportunity to continue RACV’s focus on providing solar and battery systems for both commercial and residential customers across Australia,” Andy says. “It contributes to RACV’s ongoing and increasingly significant investment in cleaner energy

“We are thrilled to be working with CEP.Energy to deliver this project and will look to partner with many others in NSW over the next few years. 

“The Narellan Town Centre is in a critical growth corridor of Sydney and we are so pleased the system will provide long-term benefits through a 30-year agreement that will reduce electricity costs for landlords and tenants, as well as more broadly through contribution to the grid. 

“We are excited about the start of the relationship with CEP.Energy and the many opportunities it presents.” 

CEP.Energy chief executive officer Peter Wright says his company was delighted to be working with a celebrated and trusted brand such as RACV, a tier-1 contractor

“We look forward to continuing our partnership for the many more solar and storage projects we will deliver across Australia over the next 12 to 18 months as we build a large-scale renewable energy footprint.”