Solar carparks could become hot property

WAY OF THE FUTURE: A solar carport in Brisbane is the first of its kind in Australia.
WAY OF THE FUTURE: A solar carport in Brisbane is the first of its kind in Australia. Aap

CARPORTS could be the next big thing in renewable energy if a new project in Brisbane proves successful.

On Friday, Australian Greens deputy leader Senator Larissa Waters launched Shakra Energy's PA Central Solar Carpark in Buranda.

Boasting hundreds of solar panels on top of carports, it will generate clean power for a nearby retail and office building and will stop the release of more than 100 tonnes of carbon dioxide pollution a year.

"Through solar carparks, businesses can save money by generating their own power and power for their tenants," Shakra Energy managing director Sam Khalil said.

"It makes sense for shopping centres to use all of that sunlight right outside their door while providing shade for their customers' cars.

"This is the first project of its kind in Australia and we see great potential for the idea to expand across the state and the country."

Ms Waters said the project would help Queensland lead the way in renewable energy innovation.

"While coal is in structural decline, renewable energy is on the up and up, generating new jobs and offering trade opportunities," she said.

Topics:  brisbane green renewable energy shopping centres solar

Missing swimmer on north coast, search underway

HAZARDOUS SURF: Surf lifesavers are pleading with the public to stay out of the water this weekend after one of the biggest rescue days occurred on Saturday and swimmer is still missing on the north coast.

Hazardous surf warning and one swimmer missing

Ute and truck smash on highway

CRASH RESCUE: At 2am on Sunday the Westpac Life Saver Rescue Helicopter was called out to a crash involving a ute colliding with a truck on the Pacific motorway near Brunswick Heads.

Pacific Highway blocked after ute and truck smash

Ferry return to service delayed

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Service will not resume as expected

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