The incoming tenants at the now-defunct Holden Elizabeth assembly plant in South Australia will be in for clean energy production. The West Australian reported on Tuesday that the ex-carmaking plant will have 20 percent of its roof covered in solar panels.
A $3 million ($2.3 million USD) grant will provide the funds for the project, which will provide access to cleaner and less expensive energy. The final array of panels will provide three megawatts worth of energy, and two onsite batteries will store two megawatts.
The Elizabeth plant went offline for good last October where Holden held a ceremony as the final Commodore rolled off of the assembly line. Holden did not disclose the sale price but announced in December that Melbourne-based Pelligra Group purchased the site.
In an honorable nod to the former plant, the site will be renamed Lionsgate Business Park. However, redevelopment and new tenants won’t begin to enter the site until mid-2019 at the earliest as GM Holden continues the decommissioning process.