Any developments in managing energy will have enormous impacts on the power industry. At present the industry has to be capable of providing enough energy to meet peak demand, meaning more cost and more infrastructure. If the peaks can be lowered through alternative energy provision, significant savings will result for everyone. As the first project of its kind in Australia, the UQ Solar St Lucia array represents a major piece of infrastructure nationally and places UQ at the forefront of solar research internationally. Its renewable energy is also a boon for reducing Australia’s carbon emissions.