The good energy in Aussie schools could win them one of five solar systems valued at over $26,000 each.
We’re inviting schools to show off their good energy in whatever form it takes – be it through volunteering in the local community, raising funds for a charity, health and fitness programs, or environmental conservation and recycling.
“We want to celebrate the incredible schools around Australia who do so much good in their communities, by giving them the opportunity to generate even more good energy through solar,” says Lyn Bowring, Origin’s Group Manager, Solar and Storage.
“With the savings made through solar, the winning schools will be able to invest more in their students and continue doing good things within their community, as well as doing their bit for the environment.”
We’ve installed over 1 million solar panels in the last 15 years – and will reward one eligible schooli in each of QLD, NSW, VIC, SA and WA with a fully installed 20.625kW solar system.
For the winning schools, this could mean an average saving of $8,500 on their annual electricity billii, plus a reduction of their annual carbon emissions equivalent to conserving 27.7 acres of forests in one year.iii
Students, parents/guardians of students, teachers and administrative staff apply on behalf of the school here before 29 June. To enter, people need to write up to 100 words about how their local school spreads good energy and how their school will benefit from the prize, with the option to include an image or video with their entry. See full terms and conditions for further details.
Gavin O’Donnell from St Joseph’s Primary School said, “Our students generate so much good energy and positivity every day, it’s fantastic to have a platform for them. The potential savings from this solar system means more funds being made available to purchase essential items to help them continue our work in the Melbourne community.”
This program continues Origin’s legacy of supporting young Australians with energy education resources, their annual littleBIGidea competition for young inventors, and through the philanthropic Origin Energy Foundation that supports a range of non-profit organisations to help create better lives for young Australians.
i In order for a school to be eligible to receive the prize, they must be located within a 150km radius of Melbourne, Sydney, Adelaide, Perth or Brisbane CBD and, if selected as a winner, pass a structural certification for prize installation.
ii Based on the average estimated savings for each of the five states – based on expected generation of the 20kW system and on Origin’s Standard Published Rate in each capital city. Actual financial savings will depend on the school’s circumstances and will vary depending on various factors such as dependent on location, energy use, amount of solar energy generated.
iii Based on average tonnes of CO2 savings across the five states – based on expected generation of the 20kW system in each capital city. Conversions calculated via EPA calculator. Actual CO2 savings will depend on the school’s circumstances and will vary depending on various factors such as dependent on location, energy use, amount of solar energy generated.