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A new guide, developed by the Property Council and Clean Energy Finance Corporation, was launched to help property owners cut their energy costs and reduce emissions.

The guide, Distributed energy in the property sector – today’s opportunities, analyses a broad range of proven technologies – from solar PV and batteries to heat pumps, off-site renewables and demand management systems – and indicates which are best suited for different property types.

Launching the guide, Property Council chief executive Ken Morrison said it supports the business case for investment, “giving owners and managers helpful insights into the likely benefits and payback periods”.

Later, in a panel discussion, sustainability practitioners and policy experts picked their biggest opportunities.

Chris Wade, property lead with the Clean Energy Finance Corporation, said “behind the metre solar” would only get “cheaper and more efficient”. Corporate power purchase agreements and distributed energy would also change the game.

Emlyn Keane, Evergen’s CEO, said the energy landscape was changing rapidly, and the grid would evolve. “Off peak will become peak as electric vehicles plug in overnight.”

And Davina Rooney, Stockland’s general manager for sustainability and corporate procurement, was also excited about power purchase agreements. She was also looking at the roof space on logistics facilities and to a future where they were covered in solar panels. “That’s the biggest trend we’ll see – solar and renewables in a broader series of asset classes.”

Download Distributed energy in the property sector – today’s opportunities.

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