Three schools in the Dubbo electorate are taking part in an innovative pilot to increase their use of renewable energy.
The first stage of the Schools Renewable Energy Infrastructure Pilot Project will see batteries and solar PV systems installed in 25 schools across NSW to generate and store renewable electricity, and reduce power bills and demand on the electricity network.
The installation of batteries will also provide additional electrical capacity.
Member for the Dubbo electorate Dugald Saunders said this is a fantastic opportunity for students to learn about sustainability.
“It’s great news that Gulgong Public School, Stuart Town Public School, and Wambangalang Environmental Education Centre have been chosen for this pilot,” Mr Saunders said.
“This will not only allow students to learn about sustainability, but also help the Government understand how schools can play a role in our renewable energy future.
“By generating power themselves, schools will benefit from lower energy bills and any excess solar energy can be stored or fed back into the grid.”
Tenders are now open for qualified applicants who can design, supply, and install the solar PV and batteries at participating schools
“The Pilot Project will provide opportunities for specialist contractors in regional NSW, and work is expected to start during the summer holidays,” Mr Saunders said.
The Schools Renewable Energy Infrastructure Pilot Project, which was announced in late 2020, aims to assess the benefits and costs to the State of the large-scale implementation of solar systems and batteries, together with other initiatives that have the potential to reduce demand on the electricity network.
Businesses can take part in the tender process for the program via tenderlink: https://www.tenders.nsw.gov.au/