Adelaide Airport Case Study

Case Study CS0018 - Adelaide Airport - Commercial Grid Connect


In 2008, Adelaide Airport Limited selected BP Solar to deliver a 114kW solar electricity system to cover the majority of the airport’s Terminal One (T1) roof space. The largest commercial solar installation in South Australia, the system is the result of the South Australian Government’s commitment to renewable energy.

The 760 BP solar panels installed will generate approximately 160 megawatt-hours of clean, green electricity for Adelaide Airport each year – enough energy to power 30 average Australian homes. Each year the solar system will also reduce greenhouse gas emissions by approximately 160 tonnes – the equivalent of taking 30 cars off the road. By installing the grid-connect system, the airport will save around $35,000 each year in energy bills.

“The solar technology being used at Adelaide Airport is yet another example of our commitment to encouraging and investing in solar energy and renewable energy in general,” said Mike Rann, former Premier of South Australia.

An educational display built in the Airport’s T1 concourse demonstrates how the solar system works and shows live data from the roof-top solar system. Other energy efficient measures implemented by the airport include daylight dimming controls of lighting systems, operating the air conditioning based on flight schedules and demand-controlled escalators and moving walkways using infra-red sensors.






Location: Terminal One, Adelaide International Airport, Australia

Project participants:

  • Adelaide Airport Limited and South Australian Government (Customer)
  • BP Solar (solar design, supply and commissioning)
  • MPower (installation)
  • Hansen Yucken (project management)


Project Completion: July 2008

System Features

  • Size: 114kWp
  • Area: 1170m²
  • Estimated electricity generated: 160MWh per year
  • CO² reduction: approximately 160 tonnes per year
  • System components: 760 x BP3150 multicrystalline solar panels
  • 19 x SMC6000 from SMA
  • Data acquisition equipment


Special Challenges

  • The installation of the work progressed with no disruption to the airport’s busy daily activities
  • The solar panels were especially bulk-packed in order to minimise packaging waste on-site


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