The number of solar schools in regional areas of Western Australia has doubled, with the latest allocation of funding under the Carpenter Government’s $5.1million Solar Schools Program.
Energy Minister Francis Logan today said another 27 regional schools would receive money to install solar power systems, bringing the total number to 54.
“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 west as Southern Cross and Kalgoorlie, across the Wheatbelt and down to Albany in the south,” Mr Logan said.
“The Carpenter Government has committed $5.1million to the program over five years and I believe it will be money well spent.
“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 bill from a one kilowatt solar power system.”
The Minister made the announcement at Albany’s Spencer Park Primary School, which is among the latest recipients of solar school funding.
Two other primary schools in the Great Southern region, the Denmark Primary School and the Mt Barker Community College, were also successful.
Mr Logan said the total number of solar schools around the State receiving funds, 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.
The successful regional schools from the recent round of funding are -
Australind Senior High School, Beacon PS, Bolgart PS, Busselton PS, Denmark PS, Dowerin District High School, Dunsborough PS, Esperance PS, Goldfields Camp School, Grass Patch PS, Millars Well PS, Mount Barker Community College, Mukinbudin DHS, Munglinup PS, Newdegate PS, Northampton DHS, Paraburdoo PS, Perenjori PS, Pingelly PS, Southern Cross DHS, South Halls Head PS, Spencer Park PS, Three Springs PS, Toodyay DHS, Vasse PS, Wagin DHS and York DHS.
The Solar Schools Program is administered by the State Government’s Sustainable Energy Development Office. More information is available at http://www.sedo.energy.wa.gov.au
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