THE HON MARK DREYFUS QC MP
Parliamentary Secretary for Climate Change and Energy Efficiency
$25 MILLION FOR NATIONAL SOLAR SCHOOLS PROGRAM
Parliamentary Secretary for Climate Change and Energy Efficiency Mark Dreyfus today announced $25 million in grants for schools under the National Solar Schools Program.
Primary and secondary schools across Australia can now apply for funding with the 2011-12 application round opening on 1 August 2011, Mr Dreyfus said.
Under the National Solar Schools Program, grants of up to $50,000 are awarded to eligible primary and secondary schools to install solar and other renewable power systems, rainwater tanks and a range of energy efficiency measures.
Since the National Solar Schools Program commenced in 2008, almost 2,900 schools have taken practical action to combat climate change. This program gives students the opportunity to experience renewable energy generation first-hand.
Over 90 per cent of these projects include solar power systems. This equates to around 14 megawatts of solar power the equivalent of meeting the electricity needs of almost 3,000 average households each day, Mr Dreyfus said.
Applications are assessed using merit-based criteria, meaning schools have to demonstrate value for money, as well as environmental and educational benefits. Applications from schools located in remote or low socio-economic areas will receive additional weighting to allow remaining funding to be directed to schools most in need.
Schools have until 11.59 AEST on 30 September 2011 to submit an application.
Details on the program are available at www.climatechange.gov.au/nationalsolarschools. Schools can also contact the National Solar Schools Program hotline on 1800 703 831.
MONDAY, 1 AUGUST 2011