School sustainability projects to help boost regional economies

Forty one schools from the Far North to Southland will receive funding for projects that will reduce schools’ emissions and save them money, Education Minister Chris Hipkins announced today.

This is the second round of the Sustainability Contestable Fund, and work will begin immediately. The first round announced in April supported projects at 53 schools.

Chris Hipkins said the Government is accelerating investment where projects can begin straight away to support local jobs.

“A total investment of around $2.5 million has been allocated to the successful schools in this round, for a total of $5 million across both rounds of the Fund,” Chris Hipkins said.

“These initiatives will reduce carbon emissions and costs for schools across the country.

“For example, at Ladbrooks School* in Halswell, has installed new LED Lighting system, new low-flow tap fittings, a heat pump system to replace old electric hot water cylinders, and more efficient heat pumps to replace electric fan and panel heaters with the Fund.

“At Randwick School* in Lower Hutt where 48 solar panels are being installed, it’s estimated that it will save the school more than $2600 in the first year they’re installed. We expect the school to save more than $65,000 over 25 years. Another example is replacing coal with a wood chip or wood pellet boiler which will typically reduce carbon emissions by more than 95%

“I’m really impressed to see the variety of projects being funded. As we saw in Round One, solar panels and boiler replacement projects are popular. But we’ve seen plenty of other innovations funded, including rainwater collection, water conservation initiatives, composting and recycling alternatives.

“It was great to see that one of New Zealand’s most isolated schools has been supported through the Fund. Halfmoon Bay School on Rakiura/Stewart Island are installing a series of solar panels and battery storage, which will reduce their dependence on diesel.

“I’d also expect these projects to help build business confidence by providing a pipeline of work for local suppliers and contractors, such as plumbers, gasfitters, electricians and builders,” Chris Hipkins said.

Notes –

A list of the successful schools in Round Two, as well as information about their projects can be viewed below. Projects at 94 schools have been supported through the Fund across both rounds, and more information about the Fund and a list of schools is available here.

*Ladbrooks School in Halswell and Randwick School in Lower Hutt received funding from the first round of the Sustainability Contestable Fund.

School Name

Territorial Authority

Project Funded

Baverstock Oaks School

Auckland – Howick

Multiple Projects

Bayswater School

Auckland – Devonport-Takapuna

Boiler Replacement

Beach Haven School

Auckland – Kaipatiki

Rainwater Tanks

Carew Peel Forest School

Ashburton District

Solar Project

Duntroon School

Waitaki District

Solar Project

Edendale School (Auckland)

Auckland – Albert-Eden

Boiler Replacement

Edgecumbe College

Whakatane District

Boiler Replacement

Foxton Beach School

Horowhenua District

Boiler Replacement

Freyberg Community School

Auckland – Henderson-Massey

Boiler Replacement

Geraldine High School

Timaru District

LED Replacement

Gisborne Boys’ High School

Gisborne District

LED Replacement

Halcombe Primary School

Manawatu District

Solar Project

Halfmoon Bay School

Southland District

Solar Project

Hillside Primary School

Southland District

Solar Project

Kimbolton School

Manawatu District

Composting/Recycling Initiative

Matipo Road School

Auckland – Henderson-Massey

Multiple Projects

Meadowbank School

Auckland – Orakei

LED Replacement

Mercer School

Waikato District

Classroom Fireplace Replacement

Motupipi School

Tasman District

Solar Project

Ngatimoti School

Tasman District

Solar Project

Onewhero Area School

Waikato District

LED Replacement

Oturu School

Far North District

Composting/Recycling Initiative

Owairaka District School

Auckland – Albert-Eden

Multiple Projects

Peria School

Far North District

Solar Project

Rai Valley Area School

Marlborough District

Solar Project

Ruahine School

Tararua District

LED Replacement

Sefton School

Waimakariri District

Solar Project

Stratford Primary School

Stratford District

Composting/Recycling Initiative

Tauranga Girls’ College

Tauranga City

Composting/Recycling Initiative

TKK Motuhake o Tawhiuau

Whakatane District

Boiler Replacement

TKKM o Tamaki Nui A Rua

Tararua District

Rainwater Tanks

Tomarata School

Auckland – Rodney

Composting/Recycling Initiative

Waiau School

Hurunui District

Solar Project

Waikino School

Hauraki District

Multiple Projects

Waimate Main School

Waimate District

Solar Project

Waituna Creek School

Waimate District

Solar Project

Weedons School

Selwyn District

Solar Project

Wesley Primary School

Auckland – Puketapapa

Multiple Projects

Whakatane Intermediate

Whakatane District

Multiple Projects

Whangaruru School

Whangarei District

Solar Project

Woodbury School

Timaru District

LED Replacement

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