Monash University Berwick Solar Project

Description of project 116kWp Rooftop Solar Power Station
Client Monash University
Location Berwick Campus, Victoria
Description of technology utilised Primary Arrays: First Solar CdTe thin film PV with decentralised SMA inverter plant; Comparative Research Arrays including various crystalline and thin film technologies.
Value Total project CapEx $0.5m
Year Completed 2011


Monash University is an organisation committed to leading innovation and best practice in sustainability. This includes incorporating environmental and social responsibility considerations into all aspects of the University’s procurement policies, strategies and methodologies. Through the procurement process the University aims to reduce waste, energy green house gas emissions and water.


Monash University has eight campuses, six in Australia, one in Malaysia and one in South Africa, as well a centre in Prato, Italy. The University required the supply and installation of a PV system with highest possible power output within the allocated budget threshold on 10 nominated roofs across three buildings at the Berwick Campus in outer Melbourne.


As the principle contractor, Commsolar used its design experience and installation expertise to work with the University to design & install over 1500 First Solar CdTe thin film PV panels across the 10 roofs on 3 buildings. Other key elements of the system include a Benchmarking area displaying 5 different PV panel technologies on adjustable tilt frames for student evaluations, a weather station, and a public display function with a monitor in the main foyer showing system performance & weather condition.


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