In the first deal of its kind in the world university sector, UNSW has reached an agreement with Maoneng Australia and Origin Energy to have 100% of its energy supplied by photovoltaic solar energy.
UNSW is mourning the passing of Professor Stuart Wenham, director of the Photovoltaics Centre of Excellence, and a pioneering researcher and inventor of solar cell technologies.
Australian solar cell research has received a $29.2 million boost from the Australian Renewable Energy Agency, and UNSW captured the lion’s share with 11 of the 22 projects.
UNSW has welcomed the decision to spare ARENA from dramatic funding cuts, allowing the agency to continue to support critical Australian research into new renewable energy and storage technologies.
Solar energy, particularly rooftop photovoltaic power, is now a real alternative and considerable player in the power markets, writes Bernhard Mitchell.
Australia's total energy needs could be met by solar panels covering a land mass equal to two per cent of Tasmania, according to a UNSW scientist.