USC hosts So­lar Nights for fam­i­lies

Maroochy Weekly - - NEWS -

THE Univer­sity of the Sun­shine Coast is help­ing to light up the night and bring more joy to the re­gion this Christ­mas with So­lar Nights.

USC aims to at­tract peo­ple sin­gles, cou­ples and fam­i­lies to Sippy Downs each night un­til Christ­mas Eve with its ethe­real and in­ter­ac­tive light trail, in cel­e­bra­tion of its plans to be­come a so­lar-pow­ered cam­pus.

The first So­lar Nights event will run un­til De­cem­ber 24 from 6.30-9pm.

Vice-Chan­cel­lor Pro­fes­sor Greg Hill said the trail of lights and glow­ing sculp­tures would wel­come vis­i­tors to the cam­pus, in a free af­ter-dark event suit­able for the whole fam­ily.

“We wanted to cre­ate a fun event to share with the com­mu­nity that sup­ports us, and so we have de­cided to il­lu­mi­nate the cam­pus with dif­fer­ent lights, ef­fects and in­stal­la­tions,” Prof Hill said.

The trail and sev­eral of the in­stal­la­tions have been de­signed by USC staff and of­fer a great op­por­tu­nity for pho­tos.

“So­lar Nights also cel­e­brates our part­ner­ship with Ve­o­lia to in­stall 6000 so­lar pan­els and even­tu­ally a wa­ter bat­tery at no up­front cost to the univer­sity,” Prof Hill said.

“The sys­tem will cut en­ergy use at our Coast cam­pus by 40 per cent in a first for an Aus­tralian univer­sity, and a mas­sive step to­wards USC’s goal to be­come car­bon neu­tral by 2025.”

PHOTO: DANIELLE FORD

BUILD READY: Ma­roochy Men’s Shed pres­i­dent Graeme Giles shows Mem­ber for Fair­fax Ted O’Brien a few tips in the group’s cur­rent shed.

PHOTO: CON­TRIB­UTED

LIGHTEN UP: USC is host­ing So­lar Nights at its Sippy Downs cam­pus for Christ­mas.

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