Flinders University's draft sustainability plan is aiming for zero net emissions from electricity by 2020. Flinders also aims to reduce campus electricity demand 通过 30% from a 2015 baseline, through 再生能源 generation and storage.
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“In demonstrating some of these more progressive ideas our campus can become a place where we live and breathe and create a living laboratory for new technologies, sustainable activities and new behaviours,” he says.
Professor Stirling says the project adds to existing solar arrays on the University’s new Student Hub, and Law and Commerce Buildings, illustrating Flinders’ increasing commitment to 环境可持续性.
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“There will also be many opportunities for this project to be used in our teaching and learning to expose students to the latest in 再生能源 technology, engineering, civil and transport system development.
“Ultimately we want to create campus environments that enable students and staff to experience the technology of the future – and partner with industry, government and the community to maximise the benefits to all,” Professor Stirling says.
1,681 solar panels have additionally been installed across six buildings on the main campus – Information Science and Technology, Engineering, Physical Sciences, Student Centre, Health Sciences, and the Health Sciences Lecture Theatre complex.
It is in total one of South Australia’s largest solar arrays to date, generating the equivalent of nearly 20% (19.3%) of Flinders’ core campus electricity needs through clean, renewable 太阳能.
The project is a sustainable financial investment. Costing $4.895 million it is expected to pay for itself within seven years and will continue to generate energy for the rest of its expected life of 25 years.
It will be one of the first deliverables in the University’s updated sustainability plan currently being developed in consultation with the University community, and scheduled to be released next year.
The draft sustainability plan positions Flinders to achieve zero net emissions from electricity by 2020. Flinders also aims to reduce campus electricity demand 通过 30% from a 2015 baseline, through 再生能源 generation and storage.
A following stage of the project will see sections of covered walkways incorporating solar generation installed between 停车场 3 and buildings on the North Ridge of our 贝德福德公园 campus.
The solar 车口 was designed and constructed 通过 Solgen Energy and Tonkin Schutz, along with with technical consultants Lucid Consulting, Wax Design and other sub-contractors.