Roseworthy Solar Farm

An integrated solar system, battery storage and microgrid is delivering 42% of the Roseworthy campus's energy needs.

This project has reduced the University’s peak electricity demand, reduced energy costs and increased the resilience of supply to Roseworthy campus. There are opportunities to utilise the solar farm and battery storage systems for research and teaching related to energy management strategies, grid segregation, low-cost fault detection systems, system resilience, and cybersecurity.

This is the largest solar project in the University's history and a key strategy under the Campus Sustainability Plan (2017-2020)

Project overview

  • Location: Roseworthy Campus
  • Cost: $7 million, including a $780,000 grant from the SA Renewable Technology Fund 
  • Completed: July 2021

Features

  • 1.2MW farm with 3,200 solar panels
  • 420/1200kWh hybrid battery battery – combination of Tesla lithium-ion batteries and UniEnergy Technologies (UET) Vanadium flow batteries
  • Digital twin microgrid controller

Awards

Carbon Neutral Adelaide Awards 2021
People's Choice Award

South Australian Premier's Awards: Energy & Mining 2021
Commendation in the Environment (Energy) category