Dalby schools chase the sun
THREE Dalby schools have been given the green light to receive solar power as the Palaszczuk Government begins a major push on renewable and efficient energy.
Education Minister Grace Grace said the $97 million Advancing Clean Energy Schools program would be rolled out across southwest Queensland.
"Dalby State High School, Charleville State High School, Roma State College and St George State School will be part of the more than 800 schools over the next three years to have the installation of solar power and energy efficiency measures,” Mrs Grace said.
"This isn't just great news for our local schools but is also an opportunity for our local suppliers, businesses and tradies to benefit from this investment.
"The program will save our schools an estimated $10.2 million a year.
"Our state schools are among the government's largest energy users, with an annual energy bill of more than $50 million.
"This program will be a game changer and the reduced environmental impact will be significant.
"By reducing costs and reinvesting savings into the program, we can ensure state schools across Queensland have more sustainable energy use into the future.”
Dalby State School, Dalby South State School and Dalby State High School have all been selected to receive solar power, along with 10 other schools in the Warrego electorate.
Mrs Grace said that the Advancing Clean Energy Schools program would be delivered in different stages.
"There will be an announcement in a matter of weeks about the procurement and tender process and expected start dates for installations,” she said.
"The first phase of the program this year will include up to 30 schools in each of the Department of Education's seven regions, so the benefits will be shared throughout the state.
"Renewable energy technology has developed significantly and we want to take advantage of the opportunities that now exist.”