Queensland schools smash solar power target

Solar panels on Kelvin Grove State College (schools solar)
Kelvin Grove State College solar panels

A record number of Queensland schools have had solar panels installed to help slash electricity costs and cut carbon emissions.

Education Minister Grace Grace said the Advancing Clean Energy Schools (ACES) program was expanded in February 2022 and had exceeded targets to deliver more panels at more schools than originally planned.

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“The completion of the $168 million ACES program is a testament to the Palaszczuk Government’s strong focus on creating good jobs and better services to enhance our great Queensland lifestyle,” Grace said.

“I am particularly proud that we exceeded our original target of 180,000 panels at 872 schools and have instead delivered 200,000 panels at 912 schools.

“This equates to a $26 million saving on energy bills every single year and is enough renewable energy to power 25,000 homes—that’s more than all the households in the Gladstone Region.

“The ACES program also supported about 1,000 jobs and kept Queenslanders working through the height of the pandemic.

“ACES is making a significant contribution to the Palaszczuk Government’s 50 per cent renewable energy target by 2030, with the 200,000 solar panels on state school rooftops expected to generate an average of 280MW of electricity per day.

“This is another example of the Palaszczuk Government’s commitment to delivering state-of-the-art facilities to our world-class schools and ensure a bright future for our children by taking action on climate change.”

Minister Grace said the completion of the ACES program follows the Palaszczuk Government’s delivery of air conditioning for every classroom, staff room and library in Queensland state schools.

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Kelvin Grove State College principal Llew Paulger said the school was delighted with their new solar panels. On average, their panels can generate around 500kW of electricity per day.

“These new solar panels will not only deliver significant energy savings for the college but will also allow us to redirect these savings into important teaching and learning activities that will benefit every student,” Paulger said.

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