Solar power a school hit

Bendigo Weekly | Bendigo Weekly | 25-May-2017

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St Francis of the Fields Primary School has teamed up with More Australian Solar Homes and The Hub Foundation to install solar panels.

St Francis of the Fields is one of the largest primary schools in the region with just over 550 students. 

The school sits on 28 acres of farming and sporting fields and has dedicated its curriculum to learning about living  more sustainably whilst guiding their students to be their best, be safe, respect for all and their environment. 

As part of this program, the school has installed 220 solar panels on their gymnasium centre, which accounts for 64kW of free green clean energy.

Principal Tim Moloney said the large roof of the gymnasium centre is the perfect place for solar panels to generate clean solar electricity, reduce costs and make a lasting impression on our students and wider community.

“It’s been a pleasure working with the not for profit group The Hub Foundation via their MASH project,” he said.

“They have supported us through the process that has allowed an increase in our schools capacity for clean solar electricity for our school.”

More than $100,000 worth of solar panels have been installed on the shed roof and the school has committed to a three year lease where they pay $22,000 per year. 

“The expected cut to our power bills will be $14,500, we will only pay $7500 per year for three years and then we will own all solar equipment,” Mr Moloney said.

Mr Moloney says that the savings won’t finish there.

“We are committed to the ongoing reduction of our carbon footprint and energy bills. The solar is the first step.  

‘‘We have also replaced all high bay and fluro lights inside our gymnasium with LED lighting,” he said.


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