How it feels to be an employee of Perth’s solar energy front-runner

Murdoch University's Environmental Coordinator, Caroline Minton, with Vice Chancellor John Yovich, in front of the new solar panels

Murdoch University's Environmental Coordinator, Caroline Minton, with Vice Chancellor, John Yovich, in front of the new solar panels

Jennifer: After writing just last week about a Perth primary school’s contribution to saving water, I feel it’s only fair to report the valid contributions to a healthier future being made by other Western Australian educational institutions.

I found out today that my workplace is Perth’s largest solar grid contributor. I work on a casual basis as a research scientist at Murdoch University, and take pride in saying that we are now the largest user of mains-connected solar power in Western Australia.

The 200 new solar panels, installed on the roof of the library, generate approximately 130 000Wh of renewable energy per day.

In addition, Murdoch began a partnership this week with Synergy, Western Australia’s largest energy retailer. We are now using 15% NaturalPower, being generated by wind farms. This will allow Murdoch to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions by 3500 tonnes, which is equivalent to the emissions resulting from the electricity consumption of 500 households.

It feels good to be a part of Murdoch’s action towards renewable energy and sustainable development. This contribution by my workplace certainly motivates me in my efforts at home.

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