$125m Warwick Solar Farm powers UQ to 100 per cent renewable

17 July 2020
Minister for Natural Resources, Mines and Energy Anthony Lynham, UQ Vice-Chancellor Professor Peter Høj and Minister for State Development, Tourism and innovation Kate Jones at Warwick today

Australia’s renewable energy research capacity has been boosted with the completion of The University of Queensland’s 64 megawatt solar farm at Warwick in the state’s south east.

UQ Vice-Chancellor and President Professor Peter Høj AC said as the world demanded more energy for human wellbeing and economic development, renewables would have to provide a greater proportion of that energy production.

“The Warwick Solar farm is first and foremost an act of leadership that demonstrates that a transition to renewables can be done at scale, that’s practicable and makes economic sense,” Professor Høj said.

“The power generated at Warwick, in addition to seven megawatts produced at Gatton and St Lucia, will make us the first major university in the world to offset 100 per cent of our electricity use with renewable power produced from our own assets.  

“The output of Warwick Solar Farm will be about 160GWh per annum – the equivalent of powering more than 25,000 households or reducing coal consumption by more than 60,000 tons.”

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