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Lighting up Roseworthy campus with renewables

Our Roseworthy campus is closer to generating, supplying and storing nearly half its energy needs thanks to $780,000 from the State Government’s $150 million Renewable Technology Fund.

The funding will support the installation of a $1.56 million 0.5MW/2MWh battery storage system and increase the benefits of a $4.2 million 1.2MW solar project that will supply more than 40 per cent of Roseworthy’s annual energy needs. The project is part of the our Campus Sustainability Plan, investing $14.4 million over the next three years.

The project will create up to 23 jobs during construction of the solar and battery storage and one ongoing position, and support three research projects each year connected to the energy storage system for the next three years. It will also assist the University to include topics such as remote-energy management, energy storage and load flex in various tertiary education courses.

The $150 million Renewable Technology Fund was established in March 2017 to support further integration of renewable technologies, fast-track South Australia’s energy transformation and improve electricity market competition.

“Adelaide University is one of the world’s leading research institutions, and the State Government is pleased to help it contribute to South Australia’s world-leading reputation in renewable energy and storage technology. This is a great example of a project that will lower electricity costs by pairing solar panels with batteries on a large scale. Renewable energy projects like this one at the University of Adelaide also reduce demand on the grid during peak times, which puts downward pressure on power prices for all South Australians.”Energy Minister Tom Koutsantonis

“We’re excited about the opportunity to improve energy sustainability at our Roseworthy campus – part of a suite of emissions reduction projects under the University’s Campus Sustainability Plan. The installation of a state-of-the-art battery storage system in addition to our solar energy project at Roseworthy campus will greatly reduce our reliance on grid electricity, and builds on an existing commitment towards the Carbon Neutral Adelaide program. The saving on the grid will be like switching off the power at more than 370 Adelaide homes for an entire year – so it’s a major saving – and it will also help us to test the performance and reliability of battery storage technology in hot, dry conditions, which will benefit industry and the community.”Chief Operating Officer Bruce Lines

For more information please contact the Ecoversity team – ecoversity@adelaide.edu.au

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