Standing up for Canberra

Clean Energy Schools Go Solar With Federal Grants

Gai Brodtmann MP, Federal Member for Canberra, is pleased to announce that 16 schools from her electorate will receive grants as part of the final round of the Australian Government’s National Solar Schools Program.

Deputy Prime Minister Wayne Swan, together with Parliamentary Secretary for Climate Change and Energy Efficiency, Mark Dreyfus, recently announced 804 schools from around Australia had been awarded grants of up to $50,000.

These grants are being used to install renewable solar energy systems, rainwater tanks and other energy efficiency measures to cut pollution and save money on electricity bills.

This program’s popularity shows that schools are keen to reduce their energy consumption and conserve water, giving students and local school communities the opportunity to experience renewable energy generation first-hand.

Since the program began, more than 5,400 schools (close to 60%) across the nation have received a grant. 

Applications were assessed using merit-based criteria. Schools demonstrated value for money, as well as environmental and educational benefits. Applications from schools located in remote or low socio-economic areas received additional weighting to allow funding to be directed to schools most in need.

The 2012-13 funding round was the final opportunity for schools to apply for a National Solar Schools Program grant.

Further information about the National Solar Schools Program including a list of successful grant recipients is available on the Department of Climate Change and Energy Efficiency