Speakers

Peter Harris

Energy Manager - Charles Sturt University

Peter Harris

Energy Manager - Charles Sturt University

Peter has worked in various roles across the energy management sector for over 12 years. He’s currently the Energy Manager at Charles Sturt University (CSU) which has six campuses throughout regional NSW and is the largest provider of online education in Australia. As the Energy Manager, he’s responsible for energy contract management, improving the energy efficiency of the campuses and implementing renewable and embedded generation.

Prior to CSU Peter worked at Simplot, a national food processing company. He commenced at Simplot’s Bathurst site and was responsible for reducing the energy intensity of the site through implementing a number of energy efficiency projects including lighting upgrades, process control improvements, condensate return and boiler house efficiency and the installation of a new freezing tunnel. Later he became the National Energy Engineer and was responsible for developing a roadmap for all Simplot’s sites to achieve their energy reduction targets and working with the sites to implement this plan.

Day:  Wednesday 14th June 2017
Time:  3.45pm – 5.00pm
Presentation Topic: Carbon neutrality and renewable energy generation at a regional University.

Charles Sturt University (CSU) recently commenced construction on a 1,774 kW solar array at their Wagga Wagga campus which will be one of the largest rooftop systems in Australia. This is in addition to a 156 kW array in Port Macquarie, a 40 kW array and 630 kW gas fired cogeneration plant in Bathurst.

One of the drivers behind this is investment is the fact that, in 2016, CSU became the first and only university to be certified as carbon neutral under the National Carbon Offset Standard (NCOS) administered by the Department of Environment and Energy.

To achieve carbon neutrality CSU has worked on three strategic areas:
1) improving energy efficiency
2) using cleaner fuels
3) purchasing carbon offset certificates

CSU considers renewable energy, particularly solar, to be a key part of maintaining its status as carbon neutral.

Peter will discuss why CSU is investing in renewable generation, the lessons they’ve learned along the way and their plans for more solar at the other campuses.