CHANGZHOU, CHINA: Trina Solar Ltd, a leading integrated manufacturer of solar photovoltaic (PV) products from the production of ingots, wafers and cells to the assembly of PV modules, announced that it is expected to supply PV modules to the University of Queensland St Lucia campus in Brisbane, Australia, to be used for a 1.2 MW solar system which will be installed on the rooftops of four university buildings.
The solar system will be developed by Ingenero, Australia's leading renewable energy company specializing in solar power. The large-scale installation will provide UQ with a significant source of clean green energy and is expected to be a resource for students and staff, who will study the array's performance and collaborate with Trina Solar as part of the University's drive to help develop next-generation solar technologies. Trina Solar also expects to work together with UQ on several cutting edge solar technology research projects going forward.
The Queensland Government is contributing a grant of AUD1.5 million towards the AUD7.75 million project, which will feature the 1.2 MW solar PV installation, and will be capable of producing 1,750 MWh of electricity a year.
"The Australian solar market has enormous potential and Trina Solar is pleased to be selected by The University of Queensland to be a partner in this significant project installation," said Ku Jun Heong, Director of Sales and Marketing Asia Pacific. "We are proud to be supplying modules to the largest and most powerful rooftop solar arrays in Australia and we believe this marks the beginning of a promising future for large-scale solar energy in Australia."
"The UQ solar power installation represents the leading edge of commercial and industrial scale solar energy in Australia. The University will substantially reduce its carbon footprint and provide an excellent learning facility for the future leaders in the renewable energy industry," said Ingenero CEO Steve McRae.
Prof. Paul Meredith, who leads the research project at the University of Queensland said: "Not only is this array a significant piece of energy infrastructure for UQ, but it also represents a globally leading research and teaching facility. Our objective is to integrate the array into everyday business across UQ and also provide the community, industry and government with vital information on how to deploy and optimize solar energy systems at this scale. We are looking forward to building productive and expansive research partnerships with Ingenero and Trina Solar."