Flinders University will power all of its South Australian campuses and facilities with 100% renewable energy sources from 2021 through an innovative new electricity supply agreement with ENGIE.
The five-year Power Purchase Agreement (PPA), delivered through the company’s retail arm Simply Energy, guarantees the supply of electricity from the ENGIE Willogoleche Wind Farm in South Australia’s mid-north for the Bedford Park, Tonsley and regional SA campuses.
The PPA will see 92,000 MWh of electricity delivered over 5 years – reducing the university’s carbon footprint by 40 megatonnes.
The deal with ENGIE forms part of a range of bold renewable energy initiatives set out in Flinders University’s 2025 Sustainability Plan.
The supply announcement complements existing investments in solar carpark and rooftop systems already generating over 20% of electricity needs at the Bedford Park Campus, construction of solar shelters for students and 13 new electric vehicle charging stations in the past year, with the University fleet transitioning to electric vehicles.
A Memorandum of Understanding between Flinders University and ENGIE Australia & New Zealand will also explore options for future collaboration. Specific projects under consideration between the two parties are a new solar carpark to bolster direct energy generation and potential battery storage systems as part of a Virtual Power
Plant on campus. The two parties are also exploring specific energy efficiency opportunities at the Bedford campus including an innovative District Heating and Cooling System.
The agreement demonstrates how ENGIE is providing practical, cost-effective energy solutions that go beyond energy to its support partners in their journey towards a carbon-neutral Australia. It also shows the strength of the offer ENGIE brings when a site’s total energy requirements are delivered holistically by ENGIE entities.
The Flinders University PPA and the plans for further collaboration build on a series of exciting carbon-neutral transition projects ENGIE launched in 2020, most notably the Zero Net Energy Roadmap for the City of Springfield. The road map aims to establish Greater Springfield in Queensland as the world’s greenest city by 2038.
For more information on how ENGIE is leading Australia’s carbon neutral transition click here.