CQUniversity has signed a deal to have 50 per cent of its power supplied through renewable solar energy.
CQUniversity has signed a deal to have 50 per cent of its power supplied through renewable solar energy.

CQUni signs on to landmark solar renewable energy deal

CQUNIVERSITY will become one of the first tertiary institutions in Australia to switch to solar energy, substantially reducing its carbon footprint.

Vice-Chancellor and president Professor Nick Klomp said the university's Queensland campuses would have 50 per cent of its energy sourced from renewable solar.

The deal positioned CQUniversity as one of the first in Australia to sign on, and was the next step in reducing 9000 tonnes of CO2-e annually.

"Fighting climate change is a responsibility and an obligation for CQUniversity," Professor Klomp said.

"The tropical and subtropical regions we operate in - such as Rockhampton, Cairns, Mackay and Townsville - will be among the hardest hit by the adverse outcomes of climate change; we therefore must do everything we can to slow and reverse its effects.

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"CQUniversity has committed to creating a culture of sustainability, in line with the United Nations' 17 Sustainable Development Goals, and this deal is a step in the right direction to embrace affordable and clean energy."

CQUniversity signed the solar energy agreement with Columboola Solar Farm currently being built between Chinchilla and Miles in the Surat Basin.

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"The solar farm will supply clean and affordable energy to most of CQU's Queensland locations and this agreement will allow us to operate more sustainably, reducing the University's adverse impact on the environment," Professor Klomp said.

"I'm thrilled to be sourcing 50 per cent of our energy from solar sources."

CQUniversity has entered into the agreement with two other Queensland universities.

The renewable energy contract will take effect from January 1 next year.


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