Significant solar investment on campus
The University recognises the importance of taking action to reduce climate change through strengthening its commitment to reducing fossil fuel consumption and to support clean energy sources.
Through an increased investment in on-site energy efficiency and renewable energy options the University will be on track to deliver a 20% reduction on CO2 emissions per meter square of gross floor area by 2020 from a 2007 baseline.
In 2017 the UON installed a 278 panel 75 kilowatt system atop the library building in Ourimbah. This system is equivalent to powering 19 homes, reducing carbon emissions equal to taking 37 cars off the road or planting and growing to maturity over 660 trees.
Later this year the UON will switch on what will be one of the largest projects of roof top Photovoltaic (PV) solar installations in the University sector. The $4 million 2.0 megawatt system will see over 6000 panels installed across approximately 25 buildings at Callaghan with additional panels also installed at Ourimbah. One building that will see a large portion this system installed on its roof will be the Auchmuty library. This system will be installed later in 2018 and will be large enough to power 54 typical households.
Across our other campuses we have installed close to 345 panels on buildings in Tamworth, Port Macquarie and Taree with the largest being 228 panels installed on the Tamworth Education Centre.
Our new Environmental Sustainability Plan will be available in the coming months and clearly identifies our commitment to embed environmental sustainability across all elements of the university.