The new carports in Car Parks 1 and 2 will provide much-needed shade for 200 vehicles in the warmer months, and together with additional rooftop solar panels installed on three buildings, have added more than 1,900 panels to the campus.
Andrew Jennings, Director Carbon Neutral Strategy at La Trobe University, said the project will significantly reduce running costs and carbon emissions.
“These new solar carports will help to reduce carbon emissions across all of our regional campuses by more than 20%, and they’ll also deliver financial savings over the next 25 years.
“La Trobe’s regional campuses are well on their way to achieving net zero carbon emissions by 2022, with the rest of the University expected to achieve that target by 2029,” he said.
The solar carports are part of a range initiatives being implemented as part of the University’s Net Zero program, including thousands of rooftop solar panels, 30,000 energy efficient LED lights and large-scale organic waste composters, with more projects and initiatives underway.