State Government to spend nearly $100 million on solar energy in schools

The State Government is splashing the cash on solar energy in schools around Queensland, with a 42 Gold Coast schools to be upgraded.

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk explained the $97 million program today.

“The ACES, or Advancing Clean Energy Schools program will save our schools an estimated $10.2 million a year,” she said.


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“That’s a great saving for schools as well as a fantastic contribution to our 50% renewable energy target by 2030.

“Our state schools are among the government’s largest energy users, with an annual energy bill of more than $50 million.”

Member for Gaven Meaghan Scanlon said 42 schools on the Gold Coast will receive the upgrades.

“Nerang State High School, Nerang State School, Pacific Pines State High, Pacific Pines State School, William Duncan State School and Worongary State School will be part of the more than 800 schools over the next three years to have the installation of solar power and energy efficiency measures,” she said.

“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.”

The breakdown of the program will see $40 million spent on a solar photovoltaic system and $57 million on making schools more energy efficient.

List of Gold Coast Schools:

• Biggera Waters State School
• Coombabah State School
• Burleigh Heads State School
• Caningeraba State School
• Palm Beach State School
• Palm Beach-Currumbin State High School
• Varsity College
• Cedar Creek State School
• Coomera Rivers State School
• Coomera Springs State School
• Norfolk Village State School
• Ormeau State School
• Ormeau Woods State High School
• Pimpama State Primary College
• Pimpama State School
• Pimpama State Secondary College
• Woongoolba State School
• Coolangatta State School
• Currumbin State School
• Currumbin Valley State School
• Elanora State High School
• Elanora State School
• Tallebudgera State School
• Nerang State High School
• Nerang State School
• Pacific Pines State High School
• Pacific Pines State School
• William Duncan State School
• Worongary State School
• Broadbeach State School
• Merrimac State High School
• Miami State High School
• Miami State School
• Robina State School
• Ashmore State School
• Bellevue Park State School
• Benowa State High School
• Benowa State School
• Keebra Park State High School
• Queensland Academy for Health Sciences
• Southport State School
• Surfers Paradise State School

After stints with the ABC and AAP, Mitchell joined 1029 Hot Tomato in 2017. He’ll be out and about bringing you the news that matters on the Coast, with a focus on local sports and the Commonwealth Games.

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