An innovative new program is being piloted to explore the potential for schools to use solar PV panels and batteries to generate electricity for themselves and create enough to supply electricity to the state’s energy grid.
Minister for Education Sarah Mitchell said the potential of the Schools Renewable Energy Infrastructure Pilot Project is limitless.
“In NSW, we have 2,200 public schools; combined they have a roof space of 8 million square metres. That is almost 2,000 football fields worth of space ready for power production,” Ms Mitchell said.
“By producing solar energy, schools will benefit from lower energy bills, and batteries will store any excess solar energy for later use or can be sold to the energy grid.
“We estimate the 25 schools will save $300,000 in power bills, money which can go back into education, and any unused power can go into the grid.
“It’s estimated that the 25 schools will collectively generate approximately 2,400,000 kWh of electricity per year.
“NSW is leading the country in school design, and this pilot project is one innovative way we are looking at powering, cooling and heating our schools.”
The pilot project aims to assess the benefits and costs of the large-scale implementation of solar PV systems and batteries, together with other initiatives that can reduce demand on the energy network.
The following schools, across metropolitan and regional NSW, have been selected to participate in the first stage of the pilot:
- Black Springs Public School
- Bowral Public School
- Coraki Public School
- Dorrigo Public School
- Duri Public School
- Farrer Memorial Agricultural High School
- Gerogery Public School
- Glenbrook Public School
- Gulgong Public School
- Gymea Technology High School
- Kingswood Public School
- Lake Munmorah Public School
- Lyndhurst Public School
- Lowesdale Public School
- Mandurama Public School
- Nemingha Public School
- Sandon Public School
- Stuart Town Public School
- Vacy Public School
- Walbundrie Public School
- Wambangalang Environmental Education Centre
- Wee Waa Public School and High School
- Werris Creek Public School
- Willow Tree Public School
- Yarrowitch Public School