A key focus will be on further energy reduction and transitioning our energy supply to renewable energy sources.
The University's Sustainability Plan for 2017-20 sets pathways for the University's longer term sustainability objectives, including a transition to carbon neutrality by 2030. A key focus will be on further energy reduction and transitioning our energy supply to renewable energy sources.
Power purchase agreements (PPAs) such as MREP, position the University to deliver its target of net zero emissions from electricity by 2021. Wind energy from the 80 megawatt Crowlands Windfarm is now being generated.
Solar Power Project
A major component of the University’s $9.1m agreement with the Clean Energy Finance Corporation (CEFC) has been completed with various sized Solar photovoltaic (PV) panels having been installed at sites around the University's main campuses.
Check out more about the University's emissions reductions journey here: https://tfespecialreports.com.au/2020-hindsight-the-university-of-melbournes-emissions-reduction-journey-since-2007/
The high quality panels and inverters have a service life of 20 years and will require minimal maintenance. The savings generated will be used to pay off the CEFC loan and invest in further carbon neutral initiatives.
The project team is working with local facility managers and the successful contractors to ensure any disruptions around the sites is minimal and that safety is paramount during the construction phase, which will take until early 2018.
Utility Reports Database
The Utility Report database provides electricity consumption reports for each university building. This will assist departments, faculties and divisions to understand their electricity consumption over a period of time and enable effective strategies to reduce our university-wide carbon footprint.
The database has the ability to produce flexible reports, including aggregating several buildings over a nominated time period. All utilities are covered by the database - electricity, gas, steam and water, but only the electricity usage can be queried at a building level.
- Click on 'Access Clariti' above.
The generic log on for Clariti access is:
- Reports are available to export in PDF format or Excel.
- Should University Departments require assistance with utilising the database or interpreting reports, please contact us. We are happy to provide as much information as we can.