Sydney’s Lord Mayor Clover Moore is confident that the City of Sydney’s target of sourcing 50% of all electricity from renewables by 2030 will be achieved by innovations like the TransGrid trial. In a recent Sydney Morning Herald article about the project, Moore commented, “By partnering with a site where this service is needed, we can provide a benefit to support the City of Sydney’s renewable energy goals and reduce the costs of the council’s depot… By mid-2021, we expect to have more than 7,800 solar panels on the roofs of our properties. As the mix of storage and generation on our electricity grid changes, solar solutions like this could provide reliability and resilience to our electricity network and potentially prevent blackouts.”
In addition to relying on Nearmap to assess geographical or spatial issues that might affect their work, TransGrid has come to incorporate Nearmap into its everyday operations. “Nearmap assists us in various areas of the business, including identifying property boundaries in relation to structure locations, encroachments within TransGrid’s infrastructure, and locating TransGrid assets on spatial systems, as well as background for map series production,” says Spatial Systems and Survey Manager Francine Christofis.
Christofis also depends on Nearmap’s archived historical imagery, which is useful for analysing encroachments, and uses Nearmap to examine cadastral boundaries, take online measurements, and overlay TransGrid’s infrastructure.
When asked how she sees TransGrid interacting with aerial imagery in the future, Christofis says, “There is an expectation of doing more with less, so there will be a greater reliance on desktop analysis, making high resolution imagery more important than ever.”
In Australia, it’s clear that solar’s reach now extends well beyond residential rooftops. Major utilities — from energy suppliers to water management firms — are launching projects to incorporate solar and wind power into their energy supply. As they continue to invest in a more sustainable future, location data that’s current, clear, and accurate will remain crucial to the planning, estimating, and implementation of these large-scale energy systems.
Learn more about how utilities use Nearmap to plan their major projects and monitor their networks.