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Since opening in the iconic Honeysuckle Railway Workshops in 2011, Newcastle Museum has blossomed with high visitor numbers, an extensive exhibition program and a dynamic range of community events for a diverse audience. The building itself has received multiple awards for its design, environmental sustainability and new tourism development.

Located at the old Civic Railway Workshops, the Museum is listed on the NSW State Heritage Register as one of the outstanding industrial workshop sites in the State.

Before solar PV could be installed on the roof of the Museum, heritage assessments has to be acquired and the design and installation of the system carefully considered.

The 99.75 kW system was installed by Hunter-based company HCB Solar. It is the largest solar photovoltaic (PV) system installed by Council to date and brings the total amount of solar PV installed on Council-owned buildings to 442 kW.

The system was ‘switched on’ 31 May 2016. It is estimated to generate 146,000 kWh of energy and reduce grid consumption by 27% per year.

Quick Facts

System size 99.75 kW
Location Newcastle
Date system switched on May 2016
Solar generated electricity 146,000 kWh pa
Grid consumption reduction  27% pa *

 * At the time that the system was completed.


Solar panel type Monocrystalline
Number of panels 350
Panel type LG Neon 285W
Panel efficiency ≥ 17.4%
Number of inverters 4
Inverter type SMA

To find out more contact Energy & Resource Management in the Projects & Contracts Unit on
02 4974 2000.