State Government Installs Solar Panels at Bardon State School, More Qld Schools on the Way

Solar Panels at Bardon State School
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The State Government ends 2019 with Advancing Clean Energy Schools (ACES) program reaching another milestone as Bardon State School and several other Qld schools saw solar panels installed over their rooftops.

State schools are one of the State Government’s largest energy consumers, spending more than $71 million each year. Advancing Clean Energy Schools (ACES) Program is the State Government’s initiative aimed at reducing energy consumption at 1,241 state schools through a $97-million investment in solar panels and energy efficiency measures, which may include LED lighting, timers on hot water systems, and additional solar systems.

Ten thousand new solar panels have already been installed on 76 state school buildings and classrooms, Education Minister Grace Grace announced last 17 December 2019. As installation work ramped up over the Christmas holiday period, additional 2,000 panels would have already been installed in 14 Qld state schools entering the year 2020.

“We’re making great progress in making our state schools more energy efficient,” she said, adding that the ACES program is expected to support 320 jobs and 58,000 hours of apprentice work.

“Not only are we going to save millions of dollars, we’re also helping reduce our impact on the environment and support local jobs in the process,” she said.

The ACES Program is expected to help the state achieve its 50 percent renewable energy target by 2030, with approximately $10 million savings realised per year. 

Almost 3,000 kW of solar power is being generated, so far, from the installed panels across the state and almost 34,000 solar panels would have been installed by the end of June 2020.

Of the 1,241 state schools, more than 800 across the Department of Education’s 7 regions are being assessed for possible inclusion in program which will be based on the potential for a return on investment, current levels of energy use, student numbers and site conditions.

The Department of Education has identified the first 210 schools (30 from each region) to have solar panels installed by the end of the financial  year. Phase 2 of the program will be implemented during 2020-21 followed by Phase 3 during 2021-22.

The first 30 schools in Metropolitan region to benefit from the ACES program include:

  1. Acacia Ridge State School
  2. Ascot State School
  3. Ashgrove State School
  4. Aviation High
  5. Balmoral State High School
  6. Bardon State School
  7. Camp Hill State Infants and Primary School
  8. Cannon Hill State School
  9. Coorparoo Secondary College
  10. Coorparoo State School
  11. Eagle Junction State School
  12. Graceville State School
  13. Ithaca Creek State School
  14. Kedron State School
  15. Marshall Road State School
  16. Milton State School
  17. Moorooka State School
  18. Morningside State School
  19. New Farm State School
  20. Norman Park State School
  21. Petrie Terrace State School
  22. Rainworth State School
  23. Toowong State School
  24. Wellers Hill State School
  25. West End State School
  26. Whites Hill State College
  27. Wilston State School
  28. Windsor State School
  29. Wooloowin State School
  30. Yeronga State High School