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Put solar panels on Suncorp Stadium, QPAC and power 1200 homes: researchers

Tony Moore reports in the Brisbane Times (2.1.17) on research produced by the University of New South Wales which suggests huge energy gains and emissions reductions could be made from installing solar electricity panels on large government-owned infrastructure in Brisbane’s CBD.

‘If solar panels topped Suncorp Stadium, the Queensland Performing Arts Centre and Roma Street Station, they could generate electricity for 1200 homes and save 5414 tonnes of carbon emission a year.

‘Solar panels on Suncorp Stadium could collect enough energy to power 806 homes, panels on QPAC could power 202 homes and 196 homes could be powered from panels on Roma Street Station, according to research by the University of New South Wales.

‘This solar panel research on city buildings shows they could begin the process of saving $30 million from electricity bills.

‘… The impact of adding solar energy panels to commercial buildings in Brisbane is just one set of findings in research by UNSW and the Australian PV Institute.

‘Their research also finds only about “one per cent” of the potential capacity of Brisbane CBD rooftops to collect solar energy is now being used.’

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