University of Southern Queensland towards greener campus

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TOOWOOMBA: The University of Southern Queensland (USQ) is a medium-sized, regional university based in Toowoomba, Queensland, Australia. The University of Southern Queensland will save $6.1 million through this sustainable project with 1,198 solar panels installed on roofs of the building across the University’s Springfield and Ipswich campuses.

The second stage is still expected to be completed till mid-December and we’ll see the solar arrangements installed across five rooftops which will generate a minimum of 586,949 kilowatt hours of electricity per year.

University’s Vice-Chancellor Professor Geraldine Mackenzie has said that complete project will help the University to minimize the cost of electricity and cut down on its daytime grid electricity consumption.

“Not only will it offset more than 2500 tonnes of carbon emissions each year and save the University up to $3.5 million over the 25-year life of the solar panels, but it also provides some valuable research, learning and teaching opportunities for our students and academics,” Professor Mackenzie said. Professor Mackenzie said that the two-megawatt solar project is building up on the University’s commitment to create more sustainable future by improving its environmental performance across all the areas of its operations.

“At USQ, we’re actively looking at ways we can minimise our environmental impact by investing in sustainable solutions that can help us better manage our carbon emissions, energy, water and waste,” Professor Mackenzie said.

“Just last year USQ Springfield’s Building B achieved a 6 Star Green Star rating for sustainable construction from the Green Building Council of Australia. This is the highest rating that can be awarded and represents world leadership in environmentally sustainable building practices.”

Stage one of the Sustainable Energy is Solution project which was completed in June and features more than 3800 solar panels installed all over the largest carpark at University Toowoomba. The 1.09-megawatt arrangement is Australia’s largest integrated solar carpark arrangement.