Our main sources of emissions include electricity and gas used for lighting and building air-conditioning and fuel used to transport staff and students via airplane, bus and car. Flinders is shining a light on our energy consumption and working to generate clean, renewable energy through on-site solar.
We now have 7647 solar panels installed at Bedford Park and Sturt, with a system size of 2.2MW and generate over 20% of our campus electricity needs from clean, renewable energy.
In 2020, we installed 4 solar canopies on campus. These canopies are designed to provide device recharging and shelter from the elements. Located in car parks 1, 2 and north of the footbridge, these innovative stand-alone systems draw their energy from dual sided solar panels that form the roof structure and charge built in batteries stored in the seating.
The canopies are a great example of Living Labs – providing a practical demonstration of how solar energy and storage can be integrated into real world learning opportunities for students and staff.