SOLAR SCHOOLS ARE SMART SCHOOLS!
THE HON GREG COMBET AM MP
Federal Member for Charlton
Minister for Climate Change and Energy Efficiency
Minister for Industry and Innovation
30 August 2012
Charlton MP Greg Combet is pleased to announce that Teralba Public School and St John Vianney Primary School will receive grants as part of the final round of the Australian Government’s National Solar Schools Program.
Teralba Public School will receive $15,000 to install a 2.7kW solar PV system at the school, and St John Vianney will receive $50,000 to install a 17.5kW solar PV system.
“It’s great to see local schools taking the initiative to generate their own electricity and improve their energy efficiency,” Mr Combet said.
“As the Minister for Climate Change and Energy Efficiency, I pleased to see local school communities have the opportunity to learn first-hand about renewable energy generation.”
“And importantly, it will enhance the learning experience of the students as the data is incorporated into maths, science and social studies lessons.”
This final funding round awarded grants of up to $50,000 to 804 schools from around Australia. These grants will be used to install renewable solar energy systems, rainwater tanks and other energy efficiency measures to cut pollution and save money on electricity bills.
Since the program began, more than 5,400 schools (close to 60%) across the nation have received a grant.
Applications were assessed using merit-based criteria. Schools demonstrated value for money, as well as environmental and educational benefits. Applications from schools located in remote or low socio-economic areas received additional weighting to allow funding to be directed to schools most in need.
Further information about the National Solar Schools Program including a list of successful grant recipients is available on the Department of Climate Change and Energy Efficiency website: www.climatechange.gov.au/nationalsolarschools