The Global Change Institute completed construction of the Southern Hemisphere’s largest solar PV systems research facility at Gatton in December 2014.
The 3.275 megawatt array comprises more than 37,000 thin-film photovoltaic panels, installed over 10 hectares on what was formerly a campus airstrip.
The advanced technology photovoltaic (PV) modules from First Solar will produce enough clean energy to power more than 450 average Queensland homes and will displace the equivalent of 5600 tonnes of carbon dioxide annually.
The development is funded by a $40.7 million Federal Government Education Investment Fund program grant administered by the Department of Education.
The Gatton Solar Research Facility is part of research collaboration between UQ, the University of New South Wales, First Solar and AGL PV Solar Holdings Pty Ltd, an affiliate of AGL Ltd.
The UQ Solar initiative, managed by GCI, seeks to better understand the cost efficiencies of solar technologies to improve the integration of solar energy into the electricity grid, paving the way for future large scale solar systems to be connected.