UQ leads the way in solar

Construction of UQ's 3.275 megawatt solar array at the Gatton campus was completed in December 2014.

The 3.275 megawatt array comprises more than 37,000 thin-film photovoltaic panels, installed over 10 hectares on what was formerly a campus airstrip.

The advanced technology photovoltaic (PV) modules produce enough clean energy to power more than 1000 average Australian homes and will displace the equivalent of 5300 tonnes of carbon dioxide annually.

The development was funded by a $40.7 million Federal Government Education Investment Fund program grant administered by the Department of Education.

UQ's 1.22 megwatt photovoltaic solar power systems on the St Lucia campus was launched in July 2011.

This system of 5004 multicrystalline silicon panels, harvests solar energy equivalent to between 5 and 6 percent of peak electricity demand at the St Lucia campus.  The panels effectively coat the roof top of the two Multi-Level car parks, the Sir Llew Edwards Building and the UQ Centre. Separate to the rooftop panels is a seven-metre by six-metre 8.4 kilowatt concentrating photovoltaic array that tracks the sun.

The solar generation project is coordinated by UQ Property & Facilities with UQ Renewable Energy Technology Advisory Committee, supported by industry partners Ingenero, RedFlow, Energex and Trina Solar. The project demonstrates the University's focus on reducing carbon emissions and placed UQ as a leader in solar research.

To read more visit UQ Solar

Energy at UQ

Australians use approximately four times the energy per person than the world average.  The University strives to minimise energy consumption through efficient operational control and by promoting energy awareness to the University community.

With more than 700 buildings and 18,000 computers and a population of more than 40,000 students and staff, UQ used more than 130,000 MWh of electricity in 2008/09.  This is equivalent to the energy use of more than 8,000 houses (The State of Queensland, 2010).  Therefore it is important for UQ to operate its facilities using best practice in energy management and minimise the University's impact on the environment.

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Energy Efficiencies Projects

UQ's Property and Facilities Division constantly makes energy efficiency improvements as part of day to day activities.  Some of these include:  

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The University of Queensland is one of the top energy consumers in the state, producing approximately 120,000 tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions per year from electricity use alone.   Heating, ventilation and air condi...

UQ Solar Projects

UQ's St Lucia campus is home to Australia's largest flat-panel photovoltaic solar power system.  The $7.75 million project generates 1.22 megawatts of solar power from 5000 flat panels and an 8.4 kilowatt concentrating photovoltaic array.

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