UQ Warwick Solar Farm, Australia


UQ Warwick Solar Farm, Australia

Transitioning University of Queensland to renewable energy

The University of Queensland (UQ) is the first major university in the world to successfully make the switch to 100 per cent renewables produced from their own assets, with the opening of the 64 Megawatt (MW) Warwick Solar Farm.

The UQ Warwick Solar Farm boasts more than 200,000 panels anticipated to generate around 160,000 megawatt hours per annum, enough to power more than 25,000 homes. The power will be provided to university campuses, alongside solar projects installed at Gatton and St Lucia.

Emanating from the desire to own its renewable assets and offset 100 per cent of its electricity usage, UQ initially commissioned Aurecon to undertake a pre-feasibility study into what would be required to achieve this ambitious future energy sustainability goal.

Having established the feasibility of the concept, the partnership continued to co-create the Warwick Solar Farm solution, with Aurecon advising the university on the development purchase, design, and physical build, through project management services and coordinated technical engineering reviews.

Back to the beginning

One of the drivers for UQ to consider increasing its usage of renewable energy came after the university saw energy prices double in less than five years. The solar farm adds to the university’s existing renewable assets of a 3.3 MW solar farm at the Gatton campus, and over 3 MW of solar systems distributed across the rooftops of the university’s buildings.

While being focused on realising UQ’s vision, from early concept through to construction, Aurecon provided UQ with the support needed to deliver a project that is a meaningful investment in creating a self-sufficient sustainable energy future for the university, drawing on our expertise across the education and research market.

A centrepiece of sustainability and renewable energy

UQ is committed to be a leader in sustainability and build on its existing strengths in the renewable energy sector. As well as becoming a centrepiece of the university’s education and research into renewables for its undergraduate and postgraduate students across a range of academic disciplines, the Warwick Solar Farm also brings economic benefits to regional Queensland and contributes to Australia’s transition to a low carbon future. An information centre has been built for the public and visiting research and industry associations.

Not only will the Warwick Solar Farm generate renewable energy, it represents another huge step in the transformation of Australia’s energy sector. Aurecon is proud to have played a significant role in developing a solar farm that will have such a positive environmental, social and economic impact.

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