University Of Queensland, James And Mary Emelia Mayne Centre Building – 133.62KW Solar Installation

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CSA Services was selected to design and install a 133.62kW system on The University of Queensland’s James and Mary Emelia Mayne Centre Building.  This prestigious building houses the UQ Art Museum and holds a collection of more than 4,000 pieces.  It is also renowned for its award-winning architecture.  In addition to the 133.62kW rooftop PV system, the university has made improvements to the air conditioning system and installed specialised LED lighting in the exhibition spaces.  The Mayne Centre PV system is expected to generate 196,000 kWh per year. This is one of few art galleries in Queensland powered by its own photovoltaic system.

Due to the nature of the building, there were strict requirements to minimise noise and impact on the daily operations of the building. CSA Services worked closely with UQ staff to ensure noisy work was only carried out on days that were authorized and scheduled work at other sites when the installation process would impact on the building’s operation during events.

The ability of CSA Services to work within a tight time-frame and adhere to the University’s rules and stringent requirements regarding noisy works allowed the project to be completed on time, within budget and minimal disruption to the day to day operation of the Art Museum.

“CSA Services have recently delivered almost 500 kW of rooftop PV for UQ. We’ve been continually impressed by the quality of their workmanship, their attention to detail, and the value add they bring to every project, above and beyond what we see from most contractors. Undertaking works within the university environment with over 30,000 people on campus every day is no easy task, but the team at CSA have been flawless.”

—- Andrew Wilson, Manager Energy & Sustainability, University of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia 

This solar PV system encompasses 393 x SolarEdge P350 DC optimisers and 5 x SolarEdge 27.6kW three phase inverters.  There were numerous benefits for using SolarEdge for the installation on the UQ Art Museum.  Firstly the advanced safety features.  With SolarEdge, whenever AC power is turned off, DC wires are designed to automatically de-energise to a safe level, providing protection to installers, maintenance personnel, and firefighter safety, through the SafeDC™ mechanism.

The SolarEdge DC optimised inverter maximises power generation at the individual PV panel-level while lowering the cost of energy produced by the PV system for a higher return on investment. By connecting power optimisers to each panel, the system enables superior power harvesting and panel management. Enhanced PV asset management including reduced O&M costs are enabled through panel-level monitoring and remote troubleshooting.

This solar installation continues to showcase the University’s commitment to renewable energy and creating a sustainable future.  For more information on this installation you can visit the university’s case study webpage here:

Key details:

System Size 133.62 kW
Annual Energy Production 196,000 kWh
Annual Emissions Reduction 196,000 kg CO2-e
Solar Inverter 5 x Solar Edge SE-SE27.6K-ER-01 inverters
Solar Module 393 x Canadian Solar CS3U-340W Modules

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