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    Minister for Sustainability, Climate Change and Innovation
    The Honourable Andrew McNamara

    Tuesday, April 01, 2008

    Seven South-east Queensland schools go solar

    Minister for Sustainability, Climate Change and Innovation
    The Honourable Andrew McNamara

    Tuesday, April 01, 2008

    Seven South-east Queensland schools go solar

    Seven South-east Queensland primary and secondary schools will now have access to solar power through the Queensland Solar Schools program.

    Minister for Sustainability, Climate Change and Innovation, Andrew McNamara, said more than 85 schools throughout Queensland had already installed solar power through the Solar Schools Program.

    “Schools are benefiting from savings to their energy bills and are reducing their impact on the environment,” he said.

    “Installation of solar panels will reduce the amount of power that schools use from the electricity grid and help to educate students and the community about the benefits of renewable solar energy.

    “Schools are a great place to introduce children to the benefits of solar power and energy efficiency.

    "We need to educate our students about alternative energy use and help them understand the environmental, social, and economic benefits that renewable energy can provide,” Mr McNamara said.

    “I congratulate all of the schools on joining the Solar Schools program and providing their students with a valuable hands-on learning tool about the benefits of renewable energy.

    “This saves the school more than $500 a year on its power bill,” Mr McNamara said.

    Funding for the seven schools was provided jointly by the Queensland Government, Origin Energy, and Brisbane City Council.

    The program also draws on the Commonwealth Government’s Photovoltaic Rebate Program which supports the installation of photovoltaic power systems on schools, community use buildings, and homes.

    The seven schools to join the program are:

    • Cavendish Road State High School at Holland Park;
    • Kenmore South State School at Kenmore;
    • Mt Gravatt State High School at Mt Gravatt;
    • Padua College at Kedron;
    • Sommerville House at South Brisbane;
    • Northgate State School at Northgate; and
    • Lawnton State School at Lawnton.

    If you would like more information about this program contact the Queensland Government’s Energy Advisory Service on 1300 369 388.


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