TUESDAY 24 JANUARY, 2012 |
Last Round Of National Solar Schools Program Grants Opens Soon
The latest (and final) round of funding under the Australian Government's
National Solar Schools Program (NSSP), which has already put rooftop solar
arrays on thousands of schools, will be opening soon.
assists primary and secondary schools around Australia take practical action to
reduce emissions and electricity bills through installing solar power systems
and other energy efficiency measures; while providing educational benefits for
students in learning about renewable energy and environmental stewardship.
According to Energy Matters, a national solar power solutions provider that has assisted
a number of schools
via its commercial
division, this year will be the last chance to apply for the
program; which opens on February 13 and closes on May 4. The company is
encouraging schools to register
in the NSSP with Energy Matters soon for further details
and advice in regard to applying for funding.
Earlier today, Parliamentary Secretary for Climate Change and Energy Efficiency, Mark Dreyfus,
announced the latest schools to receive grants under the 2011-12 round.
In last year's round, the Department received almost 2000 applications. From
those applications, 784 schools across Australia were each awarded grants of up to
$50,000. To date, 3,800 schools around the nation have been awarded grants under the
"The combination of renewable energy systems installed under this program will generate approximately 20MW of solar power – the equivalent of powering around 4,200 average households each
day," Mr Dreyfus said.
It should be noted that when the NSSP originally commenced, solar power systems
were much more expensive - schools can now receive far more solar bang for their
Applications for the National Solar Schools Program are assessed on value for money criteria, as well as environmental and educational
benefits, with schools located in remote or low socio-economic areas received additional weighting.
Applications for this year's round will be assessed between May - June 2012,
with grants being announced in July/August 2012.
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