Local kinder students are learning about renewable energy as community centres save around 50 per cent off their energy bills from newly installed solar panels.
Council has installed solar panels at seven community kinders in an effort to reduce energy consumption. Black Rock Pre-School Director Karen McIntrye said learning about renewable energy was another way children can learn about sustainability in early year’s programs.
“We have been talking about how we used the sun’s energy as part of our wider sustainability program that includes growing our own vegetables and having a tumbling compost bin to have conversations about where waste goes,” Ms McIntyre said.
“Our children really embrace our sustainability programs, and the learning will become part of their everyday life as they grow up.”
Council expects Black Rock Pre-School’s energy bill to reduce by 55 per cent, or $1,200 annually.
“This will be a great saving for our centre, with money going back into investing in programs for our children,” Ms McIntyre said.