The Global Change Institute living building is the flagship for sustainability at UQ and provides the focal point for the University’s initiative in sustainable education and research. The GCI building has been designed to have zero net energy, water and carbon impacts. Its roof-mounted 138 kWp photovoltaic system will generate of all of its power needs on-site.

The GCI holds the four largest PV installation of the St Lucia campus. Configured into 9 different arrays with varied panel tilts (5° - 15°) and orientations (10° - 280°), this system is capable of generating more than 200,000 kWh per annum. Its 575 solar modules extend to adjacent buildings, covering a total of 941.2 m² of roof area.

To learn more about this institure's research activitities visit the GCI's website.

  • Site Name: UQ St. Lucia Campus
  • Building/Location: Global Change Institute (GCI) Building
  • Suburb/City: St. Lucia, Brisbane QLD, 4067
  • Nominal DC Output:138 kWp
  • Module Area: 941.2 m²
  • Start-up Date: 23/08/2013
  • Visible on Live Data Display: Yes
  • Date Connected to Display: 23/08/2013

Technical Data

  • Site Longitude: 153°00'52"E
  • Site Latitude: 27°29'51"S
  • Height Above Sea Level: 27 + Building Height
  • Time Zone: AEST
  • Type of Installation: Roof-top (elevated)
  • Tracking system: No tracking system
  • Tilt: 5° - 15°
  • Orientation: 10° - 280°
  • Module Make & Model: Trina Solar (Trina TSM 240 - PC/PA05)
  • Module Technology: Polycrystalline Silicon
  • Module Size: 1650 x 992 mm
  • Number of Modules: 575
  • Inverter Make & Model: Aurora Power-One PVI-12.5-OUTD, Aurora Power-One PVI-10.0-OUTD, Aurora Trio 27.6-OUTD, and Aurora Trio 20.0-OUTD
  • Number of Inverters: 9