Half of the energy utilised by the Queensland University of Technology will be produced from renewable solar sources until at least 2028, after the institution signed a contract with the Columboola Solar Farm, which is being built between Miles and Chinchilla.
According to QUT Vice-Chancellor Professor Margaret Sheil, this new electricity supply arrangement would help provide a significant cut to QUT’s carbon footprint and give the University a pathway to achieve full carbon neutrality on total electricity consumption.
Sheil said QUT was committed to reducing its impact on the environment, as detailed in the strategic plan, Blueprint 6.
QUT already has a range of Green workspace initiatives in place which aim to:
- reduce energy use and our carbon footprint;
- decrease the amount of waste generated
- increase the proportion of waste we recycle;
- use water carefully;
- prevent pollution;
- purchase low-impact goods and services, only when needed;
- lessen travel impacts;
- continually improve our environmental performance.
“Part of our obligation as a university in Australia is to adapt to the impact of climate change by partnering with industry to develop new ways of operating in the world. We do this by embedding sustainability into our practices and by measuring and seeking to reduce the environmental impact of operating the university.”
The Columboola Solar Farm will feature solar technology such as bifacial panels that absorb light from both the front and the back, and single axis trackers that follow the sun.
CS Energy will buy 100 per cent of the output of the solar farm from owner Luminous Energy and on sell it to QUT, Griffith University and CQU.