Columboola Solar Farm

Columboola Solar Farm powers up our university customers

07 Dec 2022

Stage 1 of the Columboola Solar Farm on the Western Downs recently commenced commercial operations, supporting the renewable energy requirements of our university retail customers Griffith University, QUT and CQUniversity.

CS Energy has a power purchase agreement for 100 per cent of the output of the 162 megawatts solar farm, which we are on-selling to our large commercial and industrial retail customers.

We're proud to assist our customers in decarbonising their energy usage through tailored retail electricity solutions.

Griffith University Chief Operating Officer Peter Bryant said all five of their campuses will use power from Columboola Solar Farm, which will provide 50 per cent of the university’s energy needs.

Hear from Mr Bryant in the video below about how the solar farm is supporting Griffith's emissions reduction goals.

QUT Vice-Chancellor Professor Margaret Sheil said the solar farm would give QUT a pathway to achieve full carbon neutrality on total electricity consumption.

“The commencement of operations at the new solar farm at Columboola is an exciting time for QUT because not only does this farm now produce energy needed by our campuses, it demonstrates QUT’s commitment to reducing its carbon footprint,” Professor Sheil said.

“Part of our obligation as a university in Australia is to adapt to the impact of climate change by partnering with industry to develop new ways of operating in the world. We do this by embedding sustainability into our practices.”

The solar farm will commence commercial operations for its full capacity (Stage 2) in early 2023.

Learn more about CS Energy's retail service offering for large commercial and industrial organisations.