• Orion Springfield Central Goes Solar


    Mirvac’s Orion Springfield Central is currently installing 3,200 solar panels, providing over 1MW of clean renewable energy. This is the latest initiative undertaken by Orion Springfield Central as part of Mirvac’s This Changes Everything Sustainability strategy with a target to reduce carbon intensity by 20 per cent before 2018 and become a net positive company by 2030, generating more energy and capturing more water than the business and its assets consume. 

    Orion Springfield Central has implemented a range of sustainability initiatives to date, including high efficiency LED lights and air-conditioning system, nightly audits to reduce overnight energy use, installing large rainwater tanks to reduce potable water demand and a variety of waste recycling systems. Environmental Sustainable Design elements were also incorporated into the centre’s multi-million dollar expansion completed last year. The solar panels will generate energy equivalent to powering 255 Queensland households and reduce carbon emissions comparable to taking 373 cars off the road. 

    Chair of Ipswich City Works, Parks, Sport and Environment, Councillor David Morrison, commented, “I congratulate Mirvac for their commitment from day one to ensure Orion Springfield Central is a Town Centre that is friendly to the environment and pleasant to customers. The recent upgrading of the Solar Power Generation Cells confirms Mirvac’s dedication to a clean green Orion Springfield Central is as strong as it was 10 years ago.
     
    “I thank Mirvac and Orion Springfield Central for their ongoing commitment to the environment and to our community.”

    The panels were lifted by two helicopters which cut the installation time from days to just a few hours. 

    Orion Springfield Central Centre Manager, Melissa Crittenden, commented, “We are thrilled that the solar panels are now a fixture on the centre’s roof. This has been in planning for a long time and is evidence that we are invested in going green and providing sustainable solutions for our tenants and customers. It also comes at a momentous time in the centre’s evolution as a lifestyle and leisure destination, following the recent completion of our multi-million dollar expansion last year.”

    Orion Springfield Central’s $154 million expansion, completed in March 2016, introduced a new casual and al fresco dining precinct, a 2,000 seat Event Cinema complex and a variety of speciality stores, bringing the centre’s total retail offering to over 165 retailers alongside Big W, Coles, Woolworth, Aldi and a large new format Target store. 

    For more information on Orion Springfield Central, visit www.orionspringfieldcentral.com 

    For more information on the Mirvac’s This Changes Everything Sustainability strategy, visit www.mirvac.com/sustainability/overview