Case study: Columba Catholic College, Charters Towers

Built environment Energy North Queensland

Columba Catholic College is a co-ed combined primary/high school with around 460 students including about 110 boarders and 120 staff.

From 2017 to 2018, the school implemented a series of energy saving measures to reduce electricity by 17%, while maintaining the heritage value of the site. This included the installation of a 100kW solar PV system which has resulted in savings of approximately $17,500 per year. The solar PV system is complemented by the building management system with real time energy monitoring, energy efficient lights and improved air conditioning.

This case study is part of a series of case studies that have been developed as part of the Queensland Communities in Transition project. It was prepared by The Ecoefficiency Group as part of the Clean Growth Choices Consortium with funding from Queensland Department of Environment and Science.