Unveiling of the Northam Boulevard solar panel project
Northam is about to undergo a major transformation with a multi-million dollar shopping centre and solar energy investment from Perdaman Group.
Perdaman is transforming the Northam Boulevard Shopping Centre into a modern shopping and community centre with work getting underway soon.
Minister for Regional Development, Alannah MacTiernan will officially launch the project this morning and unveil the already completed solar powered carpark, which is a first for the state.
Nine hundred solar panels have been installed on the bitumen carpark.
Perdaman Group chairman Vikas Rambal said it was an exciting day for Northam and also paved the way for future use of solar powered carparks around the state.
“The installation will generate over one million kilowatt hours a year which equates to 40% of the shopping centre’s annual electricity requirements.”
“The new solar car park provides much needed shade for shoppers but also turns the space into a revenue generating piece of infrastructure.”
Developed by Perdaman Advanced Energy, part of the Perdaman Group, Mr Rambal described the solar car park as the “jewel in the crown” of the redevelopment.
“Together with the solar panels on the shopping centre roof, we have created the largest solar installation in the state and brought the Northam Boulevard Shopping Centre into the solar age.”
“This is a very exciting time for Northam as this re-development breathes new life into a well-known and iconic part of the community,” said Mr Rambal.
The development includes the merging of Northam Boulevard and Northam Arcade to form a shopping and community hub which includes a new medical centre, revitalised shopping mall and improved retail spaces.
“We’re delighted to have the support of Minister MacTiernan which demonstrates the importance the State Government is placing on regional development,” he said.
“It will no doubt provide opportunities for new jobs and be a huge boost to the local economy.”
“Our aim is for the new Northam Boulevard to become the new heart of the town, also giving tourists a place to visit and relax.”
“It’s all part of our commitment to transform our shopping centres throughout the state.”
“We believe shopping centres like Northam Boulevard can become so much more for local communities.”
“With the introduction of medical centres, childcare facilities and many other community facilities, shopping centres will no longer be for one specific purpose but have many benefits.”
Perdaman Group acquired the Northam Boulevard shopping centre in 2014 for $14 million with the aim of creating a precinct for the community at the heart of the town.
In the past two years, they acquired next door properties and Shire land to create a community friendly hub for the future generations in Northam and surrounding areas.
Source: The Avon Valley & Wheatbelt Advocate
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