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Largest HE solar project goes live at PFM Awards finalist's site

23 October 2017

Furthering its efforts to halve carbon emissions by 2020, the University of Sussex has seen its 864kW solar system go live.

Switched on by Green Party co-leader and local MP Caroline Lucas, the system is thought to be the UK's largest higher education (HE) solar project.

It is nearly double the size of the University of West of England's 450kW system, previously thought be the largest of its type when it was installed last year, according to

The Sussex University system, installed at its Brighton campus, is expected to generate more than 750,000kWh of electricity each year.

With an increasing number of FMs charged with reducing energy costs and improving their facilities' carbon footprints, the university provides further proof of the potential benefits of solar power.

Sussex University is aiming to become one of the UK's most environmentally-friendly universities and its new solar system is an important element within this.

The project, costing £1.5m, was delivered in partnership with SAS Energy, Interserve and Sussex Estates & Facilities.

Following this, the university plans to replace 27,000 luminaires with LED lighting, making improvements to its heating and cooling systems and will also install smart meters.

Sussex University director of estates and FM Simon Neale said: "We already have a beautiful, green campus, surrounded by the South Downs National Park - this project is all about making sure our buildings and our actions as a community are as environmentally-friendly as they can be."

Sussex Estates and Facilities and the University of Sussex are finalists in the Partners in Corporate (Private Sector) category within the PFM Awards 2017.

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