The Palaszczuk Government is making a major investment in solar power and energy efficiency in Queensland State Schools.
Member for Springwood Mick de Brenni and Minister responsible for government procurement said the local businesses would benefit as much as the students and teachers thanks to the $97 million Advancing Clean Energy Schools (ACES) program.
“There will be an announcement in a matter of weeks about the procurement and tender process and expected start dates for installations."
“I've worked closely with the Minister for Education to ensure our local clean energy industry gets first preference and this means jobs for our community.”
“Renewable energy jobs are jobs of the future, so building up our local capacity puts our local businesses in the box seat to make the most of an impending clean energy boom.”
The announcement comes hot on the heels of a prolonged period of above average summer temperatures that has lead to calls for schools to air condition classrooms.
Mick de Brenni says the ACES program will pave the way for schools to air condition their classrooms.
‘P&Cs often tell me the biggest cost barrier to air conditioning is the cost of electrical upgrades and running the system itself.
“Thanks to this program, those costs will be entirely or mostly eliminated through our new program.
“The program will be progressively rolled out across each of the Department of Education’s seven regions, so the benefits will be shared throughout the state”
“This will deliver huge savings and be great for our environment.”
“Schools will be selected based on their energy consumption, student enrolments and supplier availability with the tender process requiring successful partners to use local suppliers where possible.”
“So this isn’t just great news for our local schools but is also an opportunity for our local suppliers, businesses and tradies to benefit from this investment.
“Our state schools are among the government’s largest energy users, with an annual energy bill of more than $50 million,” Mick de Brenni said.
“This program will be a game changer and the reduced environmental impact will be significant.
“By reducing costs and reinvesting savings into the program, we can ensure state schools across Queensland have more sustainable energy use into the future.”
“There will be an announcement in a matter of weeks about the procurement and tender process and expected start dates for installations.
“The first phase of the program this year will include up to 30 schools in each of the Department of Education’s seven regions, so the benefits will be shared throughout the state,” he said.
The program will see an investment of $40 million in solar photovoltaic systems and $57 million on making schools more energy efficient.
“We know that many of our schools have great environmental programs and do what they can to save energy and water and this program will make a massive contribution,” said Mick de Brenni.