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University’s solar panels pass 100,000 kWh milestone

Aerial image of solar panels on the Northfield residences

(L-R) Caroline Lucas MP, was joined by staff member Jolyon Western and PhD student Anna Watson to officially flick the switch on 3,000 solar panels at the University of Sussex; the biggest solar project in UK higher education.

The University’s solar panels have produced over 100,000 kilowatt hours (kWh) of energy since they were switched on by Caroline Lucas MP in October 2017.

A kilowatt hour is power consumption of one thousand watts for one hour. 100,000 kWh is as much electricity as one person uses in 40 years, or enough energy to power 28 homes for a year.

Director of Estates and Facilities Management, Simon Neale, said: “This is a great scheme for Sussex – the biggest solar installation of any UK university. We’re delighted to have reached this generation milestone even quicker than forecast. By this October, the panels will have produced enough electricity to power our Library for a year.

"Sussex is home to some of the world’s leading sustainability academics, and Go Greener is our ambitious journey to become one of the greenest universities in the country – nearly halving our carbon emissions in the next three years. Please get involved in the range of sustainable activities we have coming up and play your part in this."

Sussex students and staff will soon be able to take part in tours of the University’s solar panel installations – from the safety of the ground.

The tours, run by the Sussex Estates team, take place on Monday 12 February from 11.00am and 12.30pm starting at the Jubilee building entrance. Spaces on the tours are limited, so please book a place soon by emailing Energy Manager, Matthew Arnold.

Supporters of the University’s Go Greener programme should keep any eye out for more information about how we’re supporting the national Go Green Week (12-16 February). There will be many ways to get involved, including

  • 'bike trains', designed to take the fear out of cycling to campus
  • free cycle maintenance with Dr Bike
  • guided wellbeing walk around our beautiful campus
  • discounted hot drinks from campus cafes using a Mug For Life
  • film screenings about sustainable food and farming
  • help Sussex Go Greener by taking part in a flower plant and tree plant on campus
  • visiting the seaside for a Brighton beach clean

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Posted on behalf of: Go Greener
Last updated: Wednesday, 31 January 2018

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