World Environment Day sees Orange solar panels completed

5 JUNE 2019

World Environment Day sees Orange solar panels completed

More than 1700 solar panels installed at Orange campus since commencement in April this year

  • More than 1700 solar panels installed at Orange campus since commencement in April this year
  • Charles Sturt University’s Sustainability Scorecard released today and shows reduction in carbon emissions
  • University commitment to sustainability a call to action for all.
Charles Sturt University’s (Charles Sturt) solar panel installation at Orange is completed.

More than 1700 panels have been installed at Orange campus, which will deliver 702kW of power and estimated savings of more than $80 000 annually off electricity bills.

Charles Sturt University Green Partnerships Coordinator Ms Michelle Wilkinson said the progress at Orange campus has been fantastic.

“Our team at Orange have been working incredibly quickly to install the solar panels,” Ms Wilkinson said.

“We are at an advantage at Charles Sturt with our access to large regional campuses and roof space so we can utilise power generated at each site.

“We’re proud not only of the progress with solar at Orange but at all campuses, and indeed with the Sustainability scorecard results we’ve achieved in 2018.”

Charles Sturt University recently launched a Sustainability Statement and the University’s Sustainability Scorecard notes:

  • 52% of customers at the University Cheers outlets converted to reusable coffee cups
  • More than 19 000 trees planted across campuses in 2018
  • 65 000 plastic straws no longer used.

Charles Sturt Project Manager, Energy Management, Gareth Johnston said the solar panel project will be one of the largest energy systems in regional Australia.

“Roof-top solar panel systems are a practical and cost effective solution for clean energy,” said Mr Johnston.

“Onsite renewables forms part of our larger commitment to a 2030 100% Clean Energy Strategy. There are ongoing efforts to reduce emissions, increasing energy efficiency, energy productivity and to reduce fossil fuel dependence through electrification.

“Australian communities, business and industry are increasingly seeking a cleaner environment with lower energy costs and Charles Sturt is keen to demonstrate our leadership.

“We’re excited to see clean energy in Orange take shape as part of our overall commitment to the environment.”

Media Note:

To arrange interviews with Ms Michelle Wilkinson or Mr Gareth Johnston contact Jessica Mansour-Nahra at CSU Media on mobile 0447 7327 948 or

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