SOLAR POWER: (L-R) Greens candidate for Fairfax Susan Etheridge, Queensland Senator Larissa Waters and Greens candidate for Fisher Tony Gibson.
SOLAR POWER: (L-R) Greens candidate for Fairfax Susan Etheridge, Queensland Senator Larissa Waters and Greens candidate for Fisher Tony Gibson. Contributed

Greens push for solar schools

THE GREENS have made a pitch to parents with a $192 million national plan to roll out solar on schools.

Greens’ Deputy Leader, Queensland Senator Larissa Waters was at Mooloolaba State School earlier this week to outline the plan which she said would benefit Sunshine Coast students by helping power reverse-cycle air conditioning.

“We’d love to see schools retrofitted with solar panels and energy efficiency to be able to keep the bills down and then ideally to be able to reinvest that in reverse-cycle air conditioning so that kids have got the best learning environments possible,” Sen Waters said.

She noted the State Government funding available for students in the state’s north and west and said given the heat the Coast experiences at times it was important to deliver the air conditioning.

“We Greens will use our numbers in the federal Parliament to push for the national roll-out of the successful Tasmanian sustainable schools program run by former Greens Schools Minister, Senator Nick McKim,” Sen Waters said.

“Grant funding of $192 million would be available for schools federally to invest in solar panels, energy efficiency measures and retrofits that will save schools money that can be re-invested back into classrooms.”

Greens Candidate for Fisher, Tony Gibson, said the plan was part of a national package that included plans to reform laws making it easier for renters to install solar.

Greens Candidate for Fairfax, Sue Etheridge, said the Coast would feel the impacts of global warming in future and that it was important to equip schools with the capacity to counter those hot summers.

“Each school would receive $20,000 in grants to be spent on rooftop solar or energy efficiency which will save money in the long term,” she said.


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