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    Minister for Education and Training and Minister for the Arts
    The Honourable Rod Welford

    Ten state schools to be nation-leading solar schools

    Minister for Education and Training and Minister for the Arts
    The Honourable Rod Welford

    Thursday, July 17, 2008

    Ten state schools to be nation-leading solar schools

    The Bligh Government has selected the first 10 state schools to have solar panels and other energy-efficiency measures installed under the $60 million Solar and Energy Efficiency Program.

    Education and Training Minister Rod Welford said the program, part of the Government’s efforts to tackle climate change, would be introduced progressively, starting with the 10 schools of varying sizes and in different regions of Queensland.

    Mr Welford said the schools proposed for the trial were Albany Creek, Annandale, Charleville, Dutton Park, Edge Hill, Frenchville, Kimberley Park and Mount Isa Central State Schools and Coombabah and Holland Park State High Schools.

    “These schools have been chosen because they are examples of large and small schools in metropolitan, regional and remote areas,” Mr Welford said.

    “Implementation plans will be developed around these first schools, then solar panels will be installed on the roofs of each of the 1251 Queensland state schools over the next three years.”

    Mr Welford said a number of other energy efficiency measures were included in the program.

    “Many light fittings will be replaced with more energy efficient bulbs to reduce energy consumption,” he said.

    “Schools will also have smart meters installed to monitor energy usage and timers will be installed on power circuits to turn off non-essential power at night and on weekends.”

    Mr Welford said each collection of solar panels would reduce a school’s electricity bill by about $800 each year.

    “The solar panels and other energy efficiency measures will be paid for over time through the savings they generate,” he said.

    Mr Welford said the project would also deliver significant educational benefits to Queensland students through the installation of ‘smart meters’ and inclusion in the curriculum.

    “Our students will be able to see first-hand the benefits of solar power in the reduction of energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions,” he said.

    “The new ‘smart meters’ will measure energy generated by the solar systems, the amount of energy being consumed by each school, and the resulting reduction in greenhouse gas emissions.

    “More than 480,000 Queensland school students will learn about solar power and energy efficiency and will be able to take what they have learned back to their homes and communities,” he said.

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