Melbourne Uni announces tender for 2MW of solar across VIC campuses

The University of Melbourne has called for tenders to install close to 2MW of rooftop solar across its Victorian campuses.

The tender, issued on Monday by the University’s Infrastructure Services, calls for expressions of interest from a panel of up to four solar PV providers to design, install and maintain an estimated total of 1.8MW of solar systems on as many as 18 rooftops across the University’s Parkville, Southbank, Dookie, Burnley and Werribee campuses.

The new PV arrays would add to the 100kW system installed early last year on the rooftop of the University’s Wilson Hall building, which was completed without the assistance of an up-front STC discount and using “unique flat mounted panels”.

The new solar PV installations, worth an estimated $3.1 million, will kick off a program of works supported by the Clean Energy Finance Corporation, announced early this year.

The CEFC said in February it would loan up to $9.1 million to the University of Melbourne, to accelerate the installation of solar PV and other renewable and energy efficiency technologies in an effort to cut energy costs and improve the University’s sustainability.

The University expects the measures – including voltage optimisation, freezer upgrades, and the installation of solar PV, solar thermal and wind micro-turbines – to reduce its grid electricity use (which is, apparently, on par with a town the size of Warrnambool) by around 8 per cent.

“Australia’s 39 universities make a major contribution to the national economy and to the Australian community,” CEFC executive director of corporate and project finance, Paul McCartney, said at the time.

“Clean energy installations like those being undertaken by the University of Melbourne can help universities meet these challenges through an investment that results in reduced environmental impact, higher productivity and stronger financial performance.”

To receive Expression of Interest documentation and for any enquiries, please contact Trent Hawkins on (03) 9429-9463 or email: Lodgement deadline is 12 Noon, Thursday 5th May 2016.

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