I wrote to all of my local schools in the Fraser electorate in May this year encouraging them to apply for grants under the National Solar Schools Program for solar energy systems, rainwater tanks and other energy efficiency measures. It must have paid off because 17 schools were successful under the final round. The media release from last week is below.
Andrew Leigh MP
Member for Fraser
30 August 2012
CLEAN ENERGY SCHOOLS GO SOLAR WITH FEDERAL GOVERNMENT GRANTS
Member for Fraser, Andrew Leigh, is pleased to announce that 17 schools from the Fraser electorate will receive grants as part of the final round of the Australian Government’s National Solar Schools Program.
Deputy Prime Minister Wayne Swan, together with Parliamentary Secretary for Climate Change and Energy Efficiency, Mark Dreyfus, recently announced 804 schools from around Australia had been awarded grants of up to $50,000.
These grants are being used to install renewable solar energy systems, rainwater tanks and other energy efficiency measures to cut pollution and save money on electricity bills.
This program’s popularity shows that schools are keen to reduce their energy consumption and conserve water, giving students and local school communities the opportunity to experience renewable energy generation first-hand.
Since the program began, more than 5,400 schools (close to 60%) across the nation have received a grant. In this round, 17 schools in the Fraser electorate received grants, well above the national average of 5 grants per electorate.
Funding under the Solar Schools Program is used to install a either solar power system, rainwater tanks and/or other energy efficient items.
Applications were assessed using merit-based criteria. Schools demonstrated value for money, as well as environmental and educational benefits.
Further information about the National Solar Schools Program including a list of successful grant recipients is available on the Department of Climate Change and Energy Efficiency website: www.climatechange.gov.au/nationalsolarschools/
School Funding amount Ainslie North Primary $25,000 Mount Rogers Primary School $25,000 Latham Primary School $25,000 Charnwood-Dunlop School $25,000 Maribyrnong Primary School $25,000 Fraser Primary School $25,000 Miles Franklin Primary School $25,000 University of Canberra High School Kaleen $25,000 St Vincent’s Primary School $49,818 Gold Creek School $15,000 Campbell High School $25,000 Palmerston District Primary School $25,000 Ngunnawal Primary $25,000 Macgregor Primary $25,000 Jervis Bay Primary $23,636 Hawker College $25,000 Florey Primary $25,000