MORE SCHOOLS SWITCH ON TO THE BRIGHT WORLD OF SOLAR

MORE SCHOOLS SWITCH ON TO THE BRIGHT WORLD OF SOLAR

Posted on 09. Sep, 2010 in Greening Victoria

Victorian schools, kindergartens and community organisations can make the switch to solar as part of the fifth round of Brumby Labor Government grants to help them install photovoltaic systems on their buildings.

Visiting Bentleigh West Primary School today, which installed solar panels under the last round of grants, Environment and Climate Change Minister Gavin Jennings said the program also helped young people learn about the benefits of renewable energy.

“The Brumby Labor Government has committed $5 million over four years to the Victorian Solar in Schools Initiative to make it easier for schools, kindergartens and community groups to install solar panels on their roofs,” Mr Jennings said.

“This initiative is another way we are working with the community, and in particular young people, to make Victoria a more sustainable place to live and work.

“Under the Victorian Solar in Schools Initiative rebates of up to $5000 are available for eligible organisations looking to install solar systems ranging from 1kW to 7kW on their roofs.”

Mr Jennings said the program had approved solar systems for 300 schools and 41 community organisations since 2007.

“Once fully installed the combined solar power capacity will be approximately 4273 megawatt-hours of renewable energy each year – enough to power 772 homes. This is a small, yet significant amount of power that no longer needs to be generated using coal,” he said.

Education Minister Bronwyn Pike said the Victorian Solar in Schools Initiative helped young people learn about living more sustainably.

“A major focus of project is for schools to develop education activities around the solar installations and to communicate the benefits to their local communities through school activities, local media, websites and newsletters,” Ms Pike said.

Member for Bentleigh Rob Hudson said the Victorian Solar in Schools Initiative provided practical examples of renewable energy for the community and also highlighted the social, economic and environment benefits of local electricity generation.

“This important initiative helps Victorians tackle climate change at a local level and encouraging greater uptake of clean, renewable energy within our communities,” Mr Hudson said.

“Bentleigh West Primary School received a rebate to install photovoltaics and a wind turbine on their buildings, as well as a wetland area where students learn about biodiversity.

“It’s fantastic to see the way the next generation are learning about sustainability first hand. I would encourage schools and community groups to lodge an application.”

For more information: www.resourcesmart.vic.gov.au/for_educators/rebates_and_grants.html

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