University builds solar farm in bid to go ‘energy neutral’

Queensland says A$125 million (£71 million) project ‘makes a clear and bold statement’

June 13, 2018
Solar panels

An Australian university has said that it will become the world’s first major higher education institution to offset 100 per cent of its electricity usage by generating renewable energy itself.

The University of Queensland said that it would build a A$125 million (£71 million) solar farm to allow it to become “energy-neutral” by 2020.

Peter Høj, Queensland’s vice-chancellor, said that the project would “provide research, teaching and engagement opportunities in addition to its environmental and financial benefits”.

“We are already the largest solar generator among Australian universities, and this initiative will complement the 50,000 existing solar panels on our campuses,” Professor Høj said.

“This project makes a clear and bold statement about UQ’s commitment to leadership in renewables and demonstrates that the UQ is prepared to make a meaningful investment in creating a sustainable future.”

chris.havergal@timeshighereducation.com

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