Australian businesses and organisations continue to invest in innovative solar power solutions. La Trobe University in Melbourne recently earned new green credentials, with its Sports Stadium in Bundoora awarded and certified by the Green Building Council of Australia. Solar power was a huge element of this certification, and La Trobe University is likely to benefit from cost-savings and environmental benefits for years to come.
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In order to receive this rating, the building had to meet stringent testing standards for energy efficiency, sustainability, and social and environmental responsibility. The stadium benefits the student population and the surrounding community as an efficient piece of built infrastructure powered by renewable sources. In addition to a huge photovoltaic solar array, La Trobe is utilising the roof area for rainwater harvesting.
Serious Solar Investments
The successful completion of the La Trobe Sports Stadium is the result of significant solar power investments. A wide array of panels was installed on the roof to maximise sun exposure, amounting to 519 kW capacity and set to generate roughly 724,000 kWh per year. By making such a serious investment, La Trobe has been able to meet all electricity demands for the stadium and provide surplus power for surrounding campus buildings.
The university consumes roughly 40 million kWh of electricity each year, which is similar to around 8,000 Victorian households. In the past, most of this power came directly from the grid, with energy consumption representing a significant and growing cost. La Trobe University continues to make key investments in green power to cover part of this consumption, with over 7,000 solar panels now installed across 25 buildings.
La Trobe University aims to achieve net-zero carbon emissions by 2029, and many of its regional campuses are set to achieve this goal much earlier in 2022. Not only will this have a positive impact on the planet, but it will also help to save the institution tens of thousands of dollars in energy costs each year. In addition to on-site solar generation, La Trobe is working towards procuring zero-emissions electricity to support the National Electricity Market (NEM). All of these positive changes have been integrated with the learning culture, as La Trobe looks to cement its position as a national leader in education sustainability.
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