The Abercrombie Precinct project marks the single largest construction at the University of Sydney since the 1960’s and includes four new lecture theatres, learning hubs and student accommodation. The $180 million construction was designed to be an engaging space for staff and students whilst also creating a vibrant and sustainable environment.

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A new precinct at Sydney University

To assist the University of Sydney with their vision, Solgen Energy designed two solar power systems combining 110kW solar power across two separate buildings within the newly constructed Abercrombie Precinct; the Abercrombie Business School (80kW) and the Abercrombie Accommodation building (30kW). The combined solar power works of both buildings was designed across nine separate roof surfaces to achieve maximum output.

Solar power project details

Location: Abercrombie Precinct, University of Sydney
Date completed: August, 2015
Solar system peak capacity: 110kW
Panel: 414 x Trina Solar Honey Poly 260W
Inverter: 2 x SMA STP17000TL
2 x SMA STP15000TL3 x SMA STP12000TL
Green savings: 110 tonnes of CO2 emissions a year
Solar electricity generated: 160 Megawatt hours of energy a year

From the ground up

As the buildings were newly constructed, the concrete roof surface required a non-penetrating mounting system to ensure the waterproof membrane of the rooftop would not be affected. To overcome this, we designed the system to incorporate a non-penetrative mounting solution which had to comply with stringent structural certifications due to the height of the buildings’ and the weight of the overall structure. The combined solar power system is one of Sydney’s highest roof-mounted ballast solar power systems. We engaged independent structural certifiers to ensure the solar power system could withstand wind force at its height, whilst maintaining its structural integrity.

The solar power arrays are composed of 414 tier 1 Trina Solar Honey Poly 260W solar panels and seven SMA Sunny Tripower inverters. These products ensure maximum efficiency and output and are suited to the environment of the solar power system. The seven inverters are connected to two centralised main switch boards located in the basements of each building.

Solar power will now provide the University of Sydney with a renewable source of energy that will reduce their carbon footprint by offsetting a substantial amount of CO2 emissions.


The installation of a 110kW photovoltaic system will:

  • Offset a sizeable amount of fossil fuel energy consumption, with greater independence from the utility.
  • Offset up to 110 tonnes of CO2 each year.
  • Offset the equivalent CO2 emissions to remove 23.2 passenger vehicles driven every year.
  • Provide the University of Sydney with many years of clean, free energy from the sun.

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