This is one of two nearly identical multilevel car parking buildings.  Its near flat roof and absence of shading structures often found on other buildings, such as exhaust cowls and cell phone towers, make the building an ideal site for a photovoltaic array. As a result, almost 339 kWp of PV has been installed.   

Panels on the north edge of the building have been placed parallel with the roofline.To deal with the undulating roof and small differences in roof level, the other panels are placed on tilt frames. All power generated from Multi-Level Carpark 1 is exported to a nearby substation and then distributed for use through the LV network; some may find its way back to this car parking building to power daytime lighting. Provision has been made for future electric vehicle charging in this car parking building using PV electricity.

  • Site Name: UQ St. Lucia Campus
  • Building/Location: Multi-Level Carpark - Bld. # 98A
  • Suburb/City: St. Lucia, Brisbane QLD, 4067
  • Nominal DC output: 338.9 kWp
  • Module area: 2305 m²
  • Start-up Date: 1/06/2011
  • Visible on Live Data Display: Yes
  • Date Connected to Display: 10/06/2011

Technical Data

  • Site Longitude: 153°00'37" E
  • Site Latitude: 27°29'42" S
  • Height Above Sea Level: 23 m
  • Time Zone: AEST
  • Type of Installation: Rooftop installation (elevated)
  • Tracking system: No tracking system
  • Tilt: 2° -  6°
  • Orientation: 20°
  • Module Make & Model: Trina TSM 240-PC05
  • Module Technology: Polycrystalline silicon
  • Module Size: 1650 x 992mm
  • Number of Modules: 1412
  • Inverter Make & Model: Aurora Power-One PVI-12.5-OUTD/-S & Aurora Power-One PVI-5000-OUTD
  • Number of Inverters: 26 (24 x 12.5 & 2 x 5000)