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post Dec 5 2008, 01:42 PM
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Solar Schools program expanded

For the first time, independent and Catholic schools throughout Perth and Western Australia will have access to the State Government’s Solar Schools program. In launching the expanded program today at Woodvale Senior High School, Perth, Energy Minister Peter Collier said an additional $6.5million over four years would be provided, enabling a further 500 schools to access the scheme. The commitment to sollar energy use was part of the Liberal-National Government’s plan for its first 100 days. “The Western Australian Government wants to offer the benefits of the solar program to more schools, particularly independent and Catholic school communities,” Mr Collier said.

“The solar program was previously only available to State Government schools, but opening eligibility will enable a greater number of schools to apply for funds to install solar power systems. “Students can learn about renewable energy and ways to reduce energy use, while also encouraging them to be more energy-efficient in the classroom and at home. “Schools will have the chance to generate some of their own electricity and contribute to the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions.” The program provides funding of up to $12,500 for schools in the Perth metropolitan region and $13,000 for schools in regional Western Australia. Schools must also contribute at least $1,000 towards the cost of the solar energy capture system.

The Minister also announced schools successful in the fifth funding round of the program. A total of 35 schools, including 18 Perth and 17 regional schools, received funding to install their own solar power systems.

Further information about the solar program is available from the Sustainable Energy Development Office website at http://www.sedo.energy.wa.gov.au

Ben, Skype "Perth-", Western Australia
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