The EcoCentre was one of the first public building to have solar panels installed. The original 4.2kW solar PV system were amorphous (thin film) technology with a peak power output of approximately 3.9kW generating approximately 17.5kWh per day on average.
Multiple solar energy technologies
In 2012 a system upgrade was implemented by installing a 19.2 kW multi technology, multi-brand solar system. This upgrade supported the existing 4.2kW system taking the total to 23.4 kW. Producing upwards of 100kWh per day, the system generates enough power to manage the requirements of the EcoCentre as well as positively contributing to the reduction of other buildings on the Nathan Campus. The system showcases multiple solar energy technologies and multiple brands on the market, from generic cheaper products to the more expensive, providing an opportunity for the community to compare the energy efficiencies and life cycles of different technologies and different brands in a non-commercial environment. In addition, one set of panels is on a dual-axis tracker, allowing for comparisons between roof mounted and tracker mounted systems to also be made.