Case Study

North Sydney Coal Loader


50kW Building Integrated PV

Project Summary

The North Sydney Coal Loader was the first project in Australia to use the 3.2 x 1.8m Onyx custom panels. These are built without a frame or backsheet, creating a large translucent panel that casts beautiful shadows on the ground. At the time of this installation, these were the largest custom built panels in the world, weighing 400kg each. 


Every aspect of this system was unique, as it was originally designed by an architect to be a green space for the public. Smart Commercial Solar ultimately redesigned the system to work appropriately for the structure and the energy yield. This included the addition of 3 dual axis trackers.


The overall project was quite complex, not only in its site constraints but in managing multiple stakeholders. The delivery of this system required specialised lifting on site amongst other trades and contractors.



  • Parks and Leisure Australia’s NSW Park of the Year 2018

  • NSW Community Facility of the Year 2018

  • Australian Institute of Landscape Architect’s NSW Cultural Heritage Award of Excellence

  • Australian Urban Design Awards 2018 (Shortlisted)


Key Project Stats

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Custom built solar walkway

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3 Dual axis trackers

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The system offers 100% of the onsite power requirements

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