Solar to help power CSU


Friday 17 Nov 2017

Charles Sturt University's (CSU) future has just been made even brighter thanks to the power of the sun following the completion of Australia's largest single-site solar panel installation.

CSU Vice-Chancellor Professor Andrew Vann, with Mayor of the City of Wagga Wagga Cr Greg Conkey, will officially open and switch on the impressive installation at an event on Monday 20 November 2017 at CSU in Wagga Wagga.

Key points of the project include:

-       the University was certified Australia's first Carbon Neutral University in 2016

-       the Solar Photovoltaic installation includes panels on the rooftops of 17 buildings

-       the system will have a total generation capacity of 1.77 megawatts, and 

-       will provide approximately twenty percent of the power needs for CSU in Wagga Wagga.

Professor Andrew Vann has congratulated everyone involved with the project and signalled the launch of the project as a significant milestone for Charles Sturt University.

"The Solar PV project highlights and enhances our reputation as the leading higher education institution committed to sustainability," Professor Vann said.

Manager of CSU Green, Ed Maher indicated that the cost savings of the project were substantial and provides evidence to other businesses that the time is right to invest in renewable energy.

"The energy the University will create for itself will reduce the need to rely so heavily on the electricity network and is part of our contribution to being a leader in carbon neutrality," Mr Maher said.

The system is valued at over $3.2 million and was constructed over six months and completed in October 2017.


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Media contact: Aaron McDonnell, 0427 845 830

Media Note:

The solar installation will officially be opened at a ceremony at Building 13 at CSU in Wagga Wagga on Monday 20 November at 12.30pm.

Contact CSU Media to arrange interviews with CSU Vice-Chancellor Professor Andrew Vann or Mr Ed Maher.