Energy efficiency award for University’s solar panel scheme
The University’s solar panel scheme – the biggest installation of its kind in higher education – has been recognised at the South East Energy Efficiency awards.
The University and its installation contractor, Solar Advanced Systems, received a ‘Highly Commended’ award in the category of large scale environmental projects in SE England.
Director of Estates and Facilities Management, Simon Neale, said: “We are proud of our sector-leading investment in solar energy and it’s good to see our achievements recognised by energy efficiency experts. By this October, the panels will have produced enough electricity to power our Library for a year. We are making real progress in reducing waste and carbon emissions across campus. Please check out our new Go Greener pages and see what you can do too."
Since being switched on by Caroline Lucas MP in October 2017, the University’s solar panels have produced over 100,000 kilowatt hours (kWh) of energy - enough to power 28 homes for a year.
More than 3,000 solar panels generate electricity across 30 buildings on campus, assisting Sussex in its ambitions to become one of the greenest universities in the UK.
Sussex’s Go Greener campaign will see the University cut carbon emissions by 45% by 2020.
The solar panel scheme forms part of a wider energy efficiency programme that will see the replacement of 27,000 light bulbs with more efficient LED lighting, improved heating and cooling systems and smart metering installed across the campus.