With energy consumption generating over 90% of the campuses' carbon emissions there is much more work to done in managing our energy use. By undertaking comprehensive audits of energy use, we capture data to be used for planning and monitoring energy savings initiatives.
Web-enabled power management and sub metering software has been installed to monitor use of electricity, gas, and water in buildings at USQ Toowoomba. The stage rollout of metering will provide greater visibility of usage with the data gathered providing real-time performance and allow us identify improvements by:
- revealing energy inefficiencies and losses in facilities or individual loads
- supporting proactive maintenance procedures
- helping to allocate energy costs to buildings, departments or tenants
- avoiding demand or power factor penalties.
Sustainable Energy Solution Project
The University has taken positive action to offset its energy requirements by installing a Sustainable Energy Solution. The project represents a significant investment into the three communities USQ is part of, providing a ‘real-world experience’ that delivers a measurable reduction in long-term energy-related emissions and costs, as well as an enhanced platform for research, learning and teaching.
The 2 megawatt solar project will reduce the University’s total carbon emissions by approximately 20 per cent. Year-to-date the performance of Stage One of the Sustainable Energy Solution continues to exceed the minimum energy generation performance guarantee.
Renewable energy generated from this system YTD is 877.96MWh, which equates to a carbon offset of 692.71tCO2-e recorded since the system went live on 26 June. The 2MW solar array project actively demonstrates the University’s commitment to its social responsibilities and to improving environmental performance.