SA government resurrects solar schools from feds' chopping block

MEDIA RELEASE
8 February 2017

SA government resurrects solar schools from feds' chopping block

Conservation SA is pleased to see the SA Government providing funding for SA schools to install solar panels, with 40 needy schools to benefit.

Chief Executive Craig Wilkins said: "The effort to switch schools to solar has been another casualty of the Federal Government's ambivalence towards renewables. The national Solar Schools program ran for several years but was axed in 2014.

"It's great to see the SA government (which ran a Solar Schools program before the national one began) once again ensuring the rollout of solar in schools continues.

"Schools will benefit from energy efficiency measures as well as solar and it's estimated schools could save $30,000 a year on average. This is a significant sum for a school to reinvest to the benefit of its students.

"The program will also create 38 new jobs.

"We commend the SA Government for providing stable funding while the Federal Government continues to talk down renewables and play politics with policy and investment measures."

Media Contact: Craig Wilkins 0417 879 439

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