Five schools each win a $26K solar system for their good energy

26 July 2018

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Five schools across the country have won a fully installed 20.625kW solar system worth more than $26,000 each, as part of Origin Energy’s Solar for Schools competition.

The Origin solar system will help save each school on average up to $8,500[i] on their annual electricity bill, plus offset their annual carbon emissions by the equivalent of 28 acres of conserved forest in one year.[ii]

Entrants were invited to submit a description of the “good energy” in their local school community, with entries showcasing a range of activities including the work schools do volunteering in local communities, raising funds for charities, health and fitness programs, as well as sustainability initiatives.

Origin’s Head of Retail Jon Briskin said, “We had hundreds of entries to the competition and were overwhelmed by the remarkable stories about what schools all over the country are doing for each other, the environment and their community.

“We’re thrilled to be rewarding these five schools for their efforts, and we’re confident that their new solar systems will help them continue to spread even more good energy in their local communities.”

The five winners and their winning entries

New South Wales winner, Caddies Creek Public School detailed how it generates good energy for the environment in its winning video introducing co-mingled soft plastic and paper recycling and participating in the Terracycle Waste program.

Castlemaine Secondary College was awarded Victoria’s solar system, with the winning entry being submitted by its School Captain and driven by the school’s Sustainability Group who help the school through community gardens, outdoor education spaces and carry out audits on the school's waste, energy, water and biodiversity. The group implements sustainable practices and targets based on this.

Western Australia’s winning school, Wembley Primary School showcased its sustainable ways of living, including fuel-free Friday’s, Waterwise and Cycle safe programs and it’s Sustainability committee of teachers and parents. This passion of the students, parents and staff at the school was on display through its winning video.

Queenland’s Grand Avenue State School’s focused their entry on healthy living and physical fitness as well as showcased the commitment it provides to educating its students about waste management and the affect it has on the planet, with the new solar system helping build on the exisiting curriculum.

Our Lady of the Sacred Heart's winning entry for South Australia said they embrace and celebrate more than 40 diverse cultures and encourage inclusion and warmth amongst the school community which is on display in its winning video.

[i] 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.

[ii] 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.