The Learning and Innovation Building (LIB) is UQ's hub for technology-assisted learning.

In keeping with the university's sustainability goals, the building was designed with cutting-edge green design features, including a 45.25kWp photovoltaic system that supplies 25% of its peak-demand energy needs.

In addition, the building has automated blinds and louvre windows that adjust to changes in sunlight, window and other environmental considerations to boots its energy efficiency.

The LIB's 45.25 kWp photovoltaic system was comissioned in August 2013. Its 181 solar modules are configured into 4 arrays distributed along the rooptop and the terrace of the building. To maximize power harvesting, the modules on the terrace have been mounted on 20° tilt aluminium frames. The panels on the rooftop have been equipped with a maximizer device that counters the  effects of unfavorable shade and orientation, thus optimizing the power output of individual modules.

Learning and Innovation Building
Learning and Innovation Building
Learning and Innovation Building


Site name UQ St. Lucia Campus
Building / location Learning and Innovation Building # 17
Suburb / city St. Lucia, Brisbane QLD, 4067
Nominal DC output 45.25 kWp
Module area 303.5 m2
Start-up date 05/08/2013
Visible on Live Data display Yes
Date connected to display 05/08/2013
Site longitude 153°00'51"E
Site latitude 27°29'53"S
Height above sea level 46 m
Time zone AEST
Type of installation Roof-top and terrace installation (elevated)
Tracking system No tracking system
Tilt 3° - 20°
Orientation 165°- 255° (rooftop)/ 50°- 75° (terrace)
Module make & model Solarworld Sunmodule – SW 250 mono
Module technology Polycrystalline Silicon
Module size 1675 x 1001 mm
Number of modules 181
Inverter make & model Aurora  Trio PVI-12.5-TL-OUTD
Number of inverters 4