Palaszczuk Government’s solar program to reduce costs for local schools
Four local schools will have solar panels installed before July 2020 to reduce their energy costs as part of the Palaszczuk Government’s Advancing Clean Energy Schools Program.
Phase 1 of the $97 million ACES program will be rolled out for Whites Hill State College, Coorparoo State Primary and Secondary schools and Marshall Road State School.
Member for Greenslopes Joe Kelly MP said these schools will notice the savings soon after installation.
“The ACES program will help reduce the energy costs at our schools which are some of the biggest users in the state,” he said.
“Once the program is fully rolled out, it’s expected to deliver a reduction in state school energy costs of up to 20 per cent.”
Marshall Road State School Principal Nicole King said reducing their energy costs through building their clean energy capacity had long been a priority for the school, but had not been possible until it was selected for the program.
“ACES will provide the majority of our electricity needs, creating a significant reduction in our energy costs,” she said.
“We’re looking forward to seeing these savings going into other educational opportunities.”
The program will be implemented across 3 phases. Phase 1 is progressing during 2019–20 and phases 2 and 3 will progress during 2020–21 and 2021–22 respectively.