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UTS goes straight to the source with new solar contract

UTS goes straight to the source with new solar contract

The University of Technology Sydney will purchase electricity directly from a solar farm in the Hunter Valley, in a partnership believed to be the first of its kind in Australia.
The new model of renewable energy purchasing will see the UTS Dr Chau Chak Wing Building (otherwise known as the Frank Gehry building) source 12 per cent of its annual electricity from the 200-kilowatt Singleton Solar Farm Stage 2 in the Hunter Valley.

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UTS takes lead in first Australian corporate purchase of offsite solar

UTS takes lead in first Australian corporate purchase of offsite solar

By Giles Parkinson on 9 September 2015

The University of Technology Sydney has signed an agreement to buy the output of the 200kW Singleton solar farm in what is being described as a “first” in renewable energy purchasing in the country.

The Chau Chak Building on the Broadway campus will source 12 per cent of its annual electricity consumption from the Singleton solar farm located more than 150kms away in the Hunter Valley.

Such purchases are common in the US and elsewhere, whre corporates, both big and small, source some or all of their electricity needs from an offsite location.

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What is a Solar Farm

A photovoltaic power station, also known as a solar park, is a large-scale photovoltaic system (PV system) designed for the supply of merchant power into the electricity grid. They are differentiated from most building-mounted and other decentralised solar power applications because they supply power at the utility level, rather than to a local user or users. They are sometimes also referred to as solar farms or solar ranches, especially when sited in agricultural areas. The generic expression utility-scale solar is sometimes used to describe this type of project.

The solar power source is via photovoltaic modules that convert light directly to electricity. However, this differs from, and should not be confused with concentrated solar power, the other large-scale solar generation technology, which uses heat to drive a variety of conventional generator systems. Both approaches have their own advantages and disadvantages, but to date, for a variety of reasons, photovoltaic technology has seen much wider use in the field. As of 2013, PV systems outnumber concentrators by about 40 to 1.