More solar schools on way

Sarah Courtney,Minister for Education

The first tranche of schools to receive new solar arrays under the Tasmanian Liberal Government’s $5 million Renewable Energy Schools Program has been confirmed, with works to start in the first half of next year.

The selection of this first group of schools delivers on the commitment made in our first 100 Day Plan, and forms part of a program which will install solar panels in over 100 Tasmanian schools over a four year period.

The intent of the Renewable Energy Schools Program is that the savings generated from the installation of solar panels at our school sites will be captured and reinvested to fund further installations and sustainability improvements.

The initial list of schools includes those that do not currently have solar and have the highest energy consumption based on 2019-20 data, ensuring we get a good return on investment which can then be reinvested in the program.

The schools selected include:

South:

New Town High School, Ogilvie High School, JRLF Senior School, Clarence High School, and Southern Support School, Bayview Secondary College

North:

Riverside High School, Prospect High School, Newstead College

North-West:

Burnie High School

We know that education is the single most powerful driver for improving economic and social outcomes in Tasmania including health, life expectancy, happiness and productivity.

That’s why the Tasmanian Liberal Government is investing a record $7.5 billion over the forward estimates, with an additional $204 million in capital works to support teachers, students and improve education.

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