Wednesday, January 19, 2022

NSW schools to generate own electricity using solar panels

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.

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“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.

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The following schools, across metropolitan and regional NSW, have been selected to participate in the first stage of the pilot:

  1. Black Springs Public School
  2. Bowral Public School
  3. Coraki Public School
  4. Dorrigo Public School
  5. Duri Public School
  6. Farrer Memorial Agricultural High School
  7. Gerogery Public School
  8. Glenbrook Public School
  9. Gulgong Public School
  10. Gymea Technology High School
  11. Kingswood Public School
  12. Lake Munmorah Public School
  13. Lyndhurst Public School
  14. Lowesdale Public School
  15. Mandurama Public School
  16. Nemingha Public School
  17. Sandon Public School
  18. Stuart Town Public School
  19. Vacy Public School
  20. Walbundrie Public School
  21. Wambangalang Environmental Education Centre
  22. Wee Waa Public School and High School
  23. Werris Creek Public School
  24. Willow Tree Public School
  25. Yarrowitch Public School
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