As a part of Deakin’s Renewable Energy Microgrid project, we have recently installed solar panels on the roof of Waurn Ponds Estate making it a Carbon Positive building, in that it offsets more carbon emissions than it produces.

These panels will generate 65,000 kilowatt hours of electricity per year. This is enough electricity to power all of Waurn Ponds Estate and offset power use from other buildings on campus, or enough electricity for 18 homes (2 adults, 2 children) for a year.

As well as solar panels, the Renewable Energy Microgrid will consist of a 7 megawatt solar energy farm and battery storage system positioned on 14.5 hectares at the rear of the Waurn Ponds campus.

The benefits of the Microgrid include:

  • Supplying around 54% of the Waurn Ponds Campus’ current power consumption
  • Reducing 12,000 tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions at the campus per year
  • Providing staff and student learning, research and employment pathway opportunities
  • Building research capacity through a collaborative research program with AusNet Services
  • Supporting education and training for energy professionals of the future and providing a touchpoint for community learning

The Microgrid is expected to be operational in late-2019 and will assist Deakin to achieve its aspiration to be carbon neutral by 2030.

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