The university says it is committed to a pathway for a reduction of about 9,000 tonnes of CO2-e offset annually, with the renewable energy contract to take effect from 1 January 2021.
Vice-Chancellor and President Professor Nick Klomp said CQ University was one of the first Australian universities to derive a significant amount of its energy from renewables.
“Fighting climate change is a responsibility and an obligation for CQUniversity,” Professor Klomp said.
“The tropical and sub-tropical regions we operate in – such as Rockhampton, Cairns, Mackay and Townsville – will be among the hardest hit by the adverse outcomes of climate change; we therefore must do everything we can to slow and reverse its effects.
“CQUniversity has committed to creating a culture of sustainability, in line with the United Nations’ 17 Sustainable Development Goals, and this deal is a step in the right direction to embrace affordable and clean energy.”
Professor Klomp said the solar farm will supply clean and affordable energy to most of CQU’s Queensland locations and the agreement “will allow us to operate more sustainably, reducing the University’s adverse impact on the environment”.
“I’m thrilled to be sourcing 50 percent of our energy from solar sources.”
CQUniversity says it has also entered into the renewable energy agreement with two other Queensland universities.