First NSW school to install a microgrid

St Lucy’s Primary School in Wahroonga might be small, but they’re taking the lead in energy technology installing a microgrid to run the school pool.

Over the recent school holidays, energy retailer Red Energy donated and installed 95 JA solar 265W polycrystalline panels on the gymnasium roof and a Panasonic lithium-ion 8 kWh battery.

This microgrid will heat the pool throughout the year for the school’s 140 students.

St Lucy’s School is a Catholic primary school for students with disabilities. Deputy principal Susan Jones said the students and staff were excited to embrace the new technology.

“This will enable us to heat the pool, save on energy costs and do our bit for the environment. From every angle there is a positive,” Ms Jones said.

Red Energy CEO Iain Graham said the school could potentially cut emissions by 55 tonnes a year.

“The St Lucy’s story is a great example of the benefits the solar and battery technology can bring,” Mr Graham said.

“We saw an opportunity to be able to help a school that’s doing great things for its community in a really tangible way.

“The solar and battery package is not just going to heat the pool, but it will save the school thousands of dollars on energy which can be diverted into its learning programs.”