The Northern Territory Government is installing solar in schools, facilitating significant energy savings that can be redirected into learning.
The $5 million Rooftop Solar in Schools program, part of the Territory Labor Government’s Roadmap to Renewables Plan, will be delivered over three years to 25 schools.
It is expected to save schools up to 40 per cent of their energy costs.
The Roadmap to Renewables Plan aims to transition the Northern Territory to 50 per cent renewable energy by 2030.
The program is being delivered over three rounds to schools in every Territory region, including remote schools, with sites selected on the basis of their energy usage or their innovative science programs.
In Round 1 (208/19), 10 schools have been identified, eight have been selected in Round 2 (2019/20) and seven in Round 3 (2020/21).
In each of those rounds, two positions were open for Expressions of Interest, to enable all Territory schools to apply for the installation of solar panels, based on the enhancement they could bring to their curriculum.
The remaining schools were selected according to their region and energy usage.
NT Minister for Education Selena Uibo said the program was both an investment in education and renewable energy.
“Additionally, the solar systems themselves will also enhance learning,” she said.
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“Their monitoring and measurement equipment will support innovative school-based science and technology projects, inspiring our next generation of engineers and scientists to advance renewable energy solutions.”
NT Minister for Renewables, Energy and Essential Services, Dale Wakefield said the Territory has an incredible opportunity to become a renewable energy superpower.
“The $5 million Rooftop Solar in Schools program is an important part of our Roadmap to Renewables plan, to not only save schools money, but to equip our Territory students with the skills they need to maximise the job opportunities the clean energy sector will bring,” she said.
“In contrast, the CLP does not believe in renewable energy, remain opposed to our 50 per cent target, and utterly failed to take advantage of the vast economic opportunities presented by cheap clean energy when they were in Government.”