Jan 24, 2012

Schools save energy and water with Federal Government help

Camdenville Public School in Newtown will receive $15,000 under the latest round of the Gillard Labor Government’s National Solar Schools Program.

The grants are awarded to install solar and other renewable power systems, rainwater tanks and to implement a range of energy efficiency measures.

The National Solar Schools Program gives school children the opportunity to learn the importance of water and energy conservation first hand, and so far nearly four thousand schools across Australia have been awarded grants.

Schools such as Camdenville Public School are taking practical action to reduce carbon emissions while saving water and conserving and generating electricity.

It‘s great to see that 260 schools across NSW have been funded in this round of the program.

The combined installation of renewable energy systems will generate around 20MW of solar power – equivalent to powering around 4,200 average households each day.

Applications were assessed using merit-based criteria, meaning schools have to demonstrate value for money, as well as environmental and educational benefits.

Applications from schools located in remote or low socio-economic areas received additional weight to allow funding to be directed to schools most in need.

The National Solar Schools Program is another example of the Gillard Government’s investment in renewable energy to ensure a clean energy future for Australia.

The Government’s Clean Energy Future plan provides significant levels of financial support for innovation in renewable energy and other low-pollution technologies. The final round of the program will open for applications on 13 February, 2012.

For more information about the National Solar Schools Program, including a list of successful grant recipients, visit: www.climatechange.gov.au/nationalsolarschools

For more information about our plan for a clean energy future visit: www.cleanenergyfuture.gov.au