Solar to cut school power bills

SOLAR panels will soon be installed at Gawler & District College B-12, as part of a State Government initiative to reduce the school’s power bills.

The local college was among 40 other schools to receive $250,000 grants for solar panels and LED lighting upgrades, thanks to a $15 million State Government investment to cut power costs by more than $2 million a year.

It will reduce power bills by about $30,000 per school each year, while creating 38 full-time equivalent jobs.

A further 200 “high-energy consumption” schools were awarded $25,000 to replace inefficient lighting, including
Gawler East Primary School, Gawler Primary School, Hewett Primary School, Kapunda High School, Nuriootpa Primary School and Tanunda Primary School.

“The $15 million investment in solar panels and energy-efficient lighting will save schools money, reduce carbon emissions and create jobs for South Australians,” Education and Child Development Minister Susan Close said.

“This is the kind of investment which pays for itself in the long run.

“This means schools can focus on support and programs for students, rather than electricity bills.”

Local businesses, contractors and suppliers will be targeted to ensure local industry benefits from the program.

Installation of the solar panels and LED lighting will begin this year.

Gawler & District College B-12 was contacted for comment.

Laura Tilley

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Laura Tilley joined The Bunyip team after completing her Bachelor of Journalism at the University of South Australia and working at sister newspaper The Murray Pioneer, Renmark, recently. Laura undertook a student exchange to the UK, where she studied journalism courses at the University of Worcester. She completed several stints across different media outlets where she found her passion for journalism.

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