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Federal Solar Grant for Kerang Christian College

Kerang Christian College has recently been granted funds after a successful grant application in the 2012-13 funding round of the Australian Government's National Solar Schools Program (NSSP).

The Deputy Prime Minister and Treasurer, The Hon Wayne Swan MP, and the Parliamentary Secretary for Climate Change and Energy Efficiency, the Hon Mark Dreyfus QC MP announced the grant of almost $49,000 for Kerang Christian College.

“This is a fantastic opportunity for us to show our students how renewable energy resources can be used. The Data Collection, Storage and Visualisation System will also assist in making this quite visual for the students at Kerang Christian College,” highlighted Mr Michael Bond, Principal at the College.

The National Solar Schools Program will help primary and secondary schools around the country take practical action to reduce emissions and electricity bills through installing solar power systems, while providing educational benefits for students in learning about renewable energy and environmental stewardship.

The 2012–13 funding round was the last opportunity for schools to apply for funding. There will be no more grants provided under the program. The program offered eligible primary and secondary schools the opportunity to compete for grants of up to $50,000 (GST exclusive), to install solar and other renewable power systems, solar hot water systems, rainwater tanks and a range of energy efficiency measures.

Since the program commenced on 1 July 2008, over 8,300 schools have registered their interest to participate (88% of all eligible schools). Over 5,300 schools have been awarded a grant, totalling more than $217 million in funding. Over 90 per cent of these projects include solar power systems.

Of these, more than 3,300 projects have been installed across the nation. These schools are already generating their own electricity from renewable sources and improving their energy efficiency by reducing energy consumption.

The College will also be installing a Data Collection, Storage and Visualisation System (DCSVS).  Data collected from the DCSVS can be used to develop lesson plans and is a key tool, which can provide educational benefits to the College school community.

“Our students are interested in ways to help reduce our carbon footprint on the earth,” explained Mr Bond. “This program allows us to show our students how we can be wise with our resources.”

Further information about the National Solar Schools Program including a list of successful grant recipients is available on the Department of Climate Change and Energy Efficiency website: www.climatechange.gov.au/nationalsolarschools/

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