What is Going Solar?
Going Solar is the venture to shift Graduate House one step closer to being an organisation relying on renewable energy resources for the daily functioning of the activities, and functioning of the Union. Going Solar aims to adopt an environment friendly energy use practice by installing 88 Solar Photovoltaic Units (PV) on the roof of the southern and central wings. This venture is a part of our commitment to advance the 2030 United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.
The cost to purchase and set up these panels is $51,000 AUD. Based on this proposal, Graduate House has engaged an Australian Energy Company to implement this project subject to funding.
Going Solar is installing 88 Solar PV Units (solar panels) on the roof of Graduate House.
As a post graduate residential college hosting over 120 residents at any one time, the Graduate House consumes a large amount of energy. (Graduate Union is already in compliance with the environmental rules and regulations of Victorian and Commonwealth Government).
In alliance with the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals, Graduate House has opted to use Solar Photovoltaic Units (PV) as a primary energy source. This will help reduce our carbon footprint and help us become more environmental friendly.
How did we get here?
As a Union focused on advancing education for social good, we work with our residents to improve the College an environment at large.
Fatima Yaseen, one of our residents conducted an environmental audit on the Graduate House as part of her Environment Management course. By examining five aspects of the house, she provided a report highlighting recommendations and measures to help advance our sustainable practices.
As part of measures already adopted to save energy, she noted that:
“A solar panel is used to heat up the water in the Stella Langford wing. Once the water is heated by the solar power, it goes to a reserve tank which keeps the water hot for the residents.”
Her recommendations regarding energy use are:
“Similar to Stella Langford, solar panels can be introduced for heating water. It would be cost efficient to introduce it in the old wing first as the number of bathrooms are less than that of the main building.”
Based on this proposal, Graduate House initiated research into this idea and is actively fundraising for this cause.
Benefits of Going Solar
- Solar PV systems convert sunlight directly to electricity making it more environmentally sustainable compared to conventional energy sources.
- Graduate House’s average daily electricity consumption ranges from 725kWh to 1521 kWh. We can control our energy usage and bills as the Solar PV systems helps make energy domestic.
- Power bills are reduced
- Reduces carbon footprints
- it would be more cost effective to have solar panels for self-consumption (not to grid).
- Solar PV systems are durable and chances of service interruption are reduced.
By giving to this fund today, you not only help meet the target required to facilitate the venture, 'Go Solar', you also help keep the fund in perpetuity. A small portion, 5% of your donation will be transferred to the endowment fund to meet its target, generate interest and keep the fund running in perpetuity. As The Graduate House expands, this endowment fund will provide resources for more solar panels or new ventures.
All donations to this venture is tax deductible.