This framework has been placed with Water to form the action plan for Utilities.
There are a number of ways you can help us to save energy:
We recognise that onsite generation of renewable energy is an integral component of what we need to do to reduce our carbon footprint and maintain our carbon neutrality. We are focused on reducing energy wastage, improving efficiency, getting off natural gas and lowering emissions through our 2030 Clean Energy Strategy.
We have significant solar installations across our regional campuses
Charles Sturt University will soon complete Phase 2 solar installations of that will provide the University with over 2500 kW of renewable energy across its Albury, Bathurst, Dubbo and Orange campuses. The installation will add to the existing 1700kW solar energy generation at our Wagga Wagga campus.
This amount of carbon dioxide saved each year is equivalent to:
On-site renewable energy generation is a critical part of the University’s aspirations to source all of its energy needs from renewable sources. We are creating an environment that prepares students to meet current and future challenges. Cadet engineers have been a key part of the team managing these installations.
The Solar photovoltaic (PV) panels have been installed on the rooftops of 17 buildings at our Wagga Wagga campus. At the time of installation, this system was the largest rooftop-mounted solar energy system on a single site, anywhere in Australia. This project will significantly increase the proportion of our energy that is supplied from clean sources and will reduce our carbon footprint.
Specific buildings have been fitted with rooftop-mounted solar panels where the energy generated by these panels will, in the first instance, supply energy demands in the building and then any surplus energy is exported back into the campuses own private high-voltage network. This means that the energy generated by the solar panels can be used by any building on the campus.
How do solar panels work on campus? View illustration
Produced by the School of Communication and Creative Industries
An Energy Performance Contract helps improve energy and water efficiency across a range of buildings. The energy savings calculated in the contract are guaranteed.
These are the steps involved in the process:
The energy savings opportunities we've included in our EPC are:
EPC Poster [pdf 1.2mb]
We have a comprehensive network of sub meters. Over 500 sub meters cover electricity, gas, water and thermal energy (chilled and hot water) across all of our campuses.
The meters help us to measure and monitor where we're using our energy to identify the largest energy users and focus efforts on improving their energy efficiency. We'll also see abnormal trends in energy usage and can investigate why these are occurring.