Energy efficient light globes will replace lamingtons, toffee apples and chocolates as school fundraisers as part of a program to be introduced in some south-eastern suburbs.
Energy Minister Francis Logan today announced State Government funding of $32,500 for a project that includes the sale of 5,000 energy saving light globes at a subsidised price to families in schools across six local government regions.
The Green Light Schools Fundraiser project was being co-ordinated by the City of Gosnells and included the City of Armadale, Shire of Serpentine/Jarrahdale, City of Perth, City of South Perth and the Town of Victoria Park.
Mr Logan said the program would encourage children to sell energy efficient globes, with 50 per cent of the proceeds going to their school for other sustainable energy related projects.
“This is a great initiative from the City of Gosnells and I look forward to hearing how it goes,” he said.
“Not only does it raise money for the school, but it also encourages energy efficiency in the home, which is good for the environment. And it won’t rot your teeth, like toffee apples and chocolates.”
The Minister said families who bought the energy saving globes would also receive a free showbag with energy and water saving products and energy saving information.
The funding was part of the State Government’s Sustainable Energy Development Office (SEDO) grants program that supported community-based projects which promoted, encouraged and educated the public on sustainable energy use.
Schools had until the end of March to register their interest in the project.
Mr Logan made the announcement at Southern River College, which is one of the latest recipients of funding under the Carpenter Government’s $5.1million Solar Schools program.
The Minister said the number of solar schools in the metropolitan area had almost doubled, with the latest allocation of funding up from 40 to 77.
“The Solar Schools program is being embraced by schools all over the State, with the latest successful applicants coming from as far north as Paraburdoo, as far east as Southern Cross and Kalgoorlie, across the Wheatbelt and down to Albany in the south,” he said.
“The program helps students learn about renewable energy, energy efficiency and climate change, while also reducing greenhouse emissions at their school and in their homes.
“Solar-power systems also enable schools to generate some of their own electricity needs and reduce their consumption of fossil fuels. Up to $400 each year can be saved on a school’s energy bills from a one kilowatt solar power system.”
Mr Logan said the total number of solar schools throughout the State, including the metropolitan area, had now reached 131.
“This puts us well on track to meet our target of 350 solar schools by 2010,” he said.
Southern River MLA Paul Andrews welcomed the new programs and said they would help make students more aware of the importance of conserving energy.
Mr Andrews also thanked Mr Logan for his regular visits to the electorate and for responding positively when he had raised power issues in the area.
The successful metropolitan schools from the recent round of Solar School funding were:
Baldivis Primary School, Banksia Park PS, Calista PS, Campbell PS, Carine PS, Carine SHS, Claremont PS, Cloverdale PS, Como PS, Coogee PS, Coolbinia PS, Dalkeith PS, Dawson Park PS, Dryandra PS, Eastern Hills SHS, East Fremantle PS, Gidgegannup PS, Glengarry PS, Glen Forrest PS, Harmony PS, Kinross College, Koondoola PS, Kyilla PS, Mandurah PS, Marmion PS, Melville PS, North Cottesloe PS, Parkerville PS, Queens Park PS, Rottnest Island PS, Southern River College, South Coogee PS, Swan View PS, Warwick SHS, West Leederville PS, West Leeming PS and Yangebup PS.
The Solar Schools program is administered by SEDO. More information is available at http://www.sedo.energy.wa.gov.au
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