USQ takes home solar design award

USQ’s Sustainable Energy Solution Project has been recognised at the Clean Energy Council 2017 Solar Design and Installation Awards.

Matthew Linney and Peter Cook, working with Autonomous Energy, took out the ‘Over 240kW’ category at the awards announced at the All-Energy Australia Exhibition and Conference in Melbourne on October 11.

Their work, which consisted of the installation of a 1.1MW solar carpark shading system at USQ Toowoomba, is part of the university’s $6 million Sustainable Energy Solution.

The completed project, spanning USQ Toowoomba, USQ Springfield and USQ Ipswich, will help the university reduce its electricity costs and cut down on its daytime grid electricity consumption.

USQ executive director (campus services) Dr Dave Povey said the university continued to take positive action to offset its energy requirements.

“The Sustainable Energy Solution Project is a key component of that commitment and I thank Autonomous Energy for their role in helping us deliver on that promise,” Dr Povey said.

“We’re very pleased with their result at the Solar Design and Installation Awards and offer our congratulations on their success.”

The Clean Energy Council is the peak body for the clean energy industry in Australia, representing and working with hundreds of leading businesses operating in solar, wind, energy efficiency, hydro, bioenergy, energy storage, geothermal and marine.