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Clean energy future for Gold Coast state schools

August 01, 2019

Member for Gaven, Meaghan Scanlon has welcomed news that Gold Coast schools will benefit from the Palaszczuk Government’s $97 million Advancing Clean Energy Schools (ACES) program.

Member for Gaven said the ACES program will be delivered in three phases at Queensland state schools, with Phase 1 now well underway.

“The ACES program will help reduce the energy costs at our schools which are some of the biggest energy users in the state,” she said.

“ACES will provide approximately 35MW of solar generated electricity, making a significant contribution to the Palaszczuk Government’s target of 50 per cent renewable energy use by 2030.

“Once the program is fully rolled out, it’s expected to deliver a reduction in state school energy costs of up to 20 per cent.”
Member for Gaven said the first schools in Phase 1 represented each of the seven Department of Education regions: South East, Metro, Central QLD, North QLD, Far North QLD, Darling Downs/South West and North Coast.

“I’m pleased to announce that Phase 1 will see the installation of solar panel systems at around 210 state schools right across the state this financial year, with the installation of panels at over 870 schools to be rolled out by June 2022,” she said.

“Solar audits have been carried out at more than 60 of these state schools, and 20 schools have already been equipped with solar panels.

“Phases 2 and 3 will see the program further rolled out to the remaining schools in 2020-21 and 2021-22 respectively.”

“I’m particularly excited that Worongary State School and Nerang State School in my electorate will be a part of phase 1.”

Member for Gaven said the program will boost the local economy creating 281 jobs across Queensland over the life of the program.

For more information, visit https://education.qld.gov.au/initiatives-and-strategies/strategies-and-programs/advancing-clean-energy

Media contact: Gaven Electorate Office (07) 5560 7100