$4,000 of funding target $7,500 reached. Every $5 effectively(1) saves 1 tonne of CO2 emissions
Schools have the perfect profile for solar, as they operate almost exclusively during day light hours.
Public schools in Australia emit thousands of tonnes of Carbon dioxide (CO2) per year due to their energy consumption. Schools however need safe, well lit and comfortable classrooms and facilities in order to provide the best possible learning environment. Currently most public schools are getting their electricity from the grid which, in Australia, still relies heavily on dirty fossil fuel power. Not surprisingly, our schools are racking up huge power bills which are ultimately funded by us, the taxpayer. Even more costly is the huge impact the emissions from schools are having on climate change.
Schools are perfect sites for solar as they often have large unshaded roofs and high daytime energy consumption to use the energy when the sun is shining.
Solar power benefits schools and our wider communities by:
Situated in the Northern suburbs of Sydney, Roseville Public School was established in 1913. Steeped in history, Roseville Public School was one of the first schools established in this area.
Currently this primary school is co educational, and has more than 660 children enrolled, of which nearly a quarter are from a non- English speaking background.
The school encourages staff and the wider community to work with students, to make them responsible, questioning, and critically thinking young students. Various programs cater to individual students’ needs, including a variety of enrichment programs such as urban sustainability (Enviro Kids), STEAM program, visual artist, music (band programs), and philosophy.
The school works closely with The Parents and Citizens Association and the School Council to provide strong support and leadership in the development, direction and funding of educational and other initiatives, such as this solar proposal.
Dick Smith the entrepreneur, adventurer, philanthropist and political activist is one of the more famous Australians to have attended Roseville Public School
The Parents and Citizens Association, (P&C A), at Roseville Public School approached Solar my School to assist them with finding the most appropriate solar power system for their school; help with the obtaining funding; and getting the system installed without undue pressure being applied to the staff running the school.
We are extremely happy to partner with these parties to get the project delivered. Solar my School has vast experience in this field and the fact it is run by three councils in the eastern suburbs of Sydney gives us added assurance.
As part of due diligence, we have reviewed the information received from the various parties and their consultants, and found it to be excellent.
Respected energy consultants Enhar carried out a detailed assessment for Roseville Public School last year and recommended a 53.3kw system for the school. Enhar estimated that the system would supply approximately 33% of the school needs and in addition (due to weekends) it could export up to 30% of what it generated to the grid.
Schools are perfect for roof top solar, as they almost exclusively operate in daylight hours and have little demand for power after the sun goes down. Installation of the system also provides great practical case studies for children to learn about science (how solar power is generated), how emissions affect our climate, and what practical action can be taken to reduce emissions.
The total cost of the system is estimated to be approximately $56,000. The Department of Education via its “Schools Renewable Energy Co-contribution Program” have agreed to provide 50% of the funding, with $28,000 to be funded by the school and its supporters. Solar my School and the P&CA have already raised just over $20,000 leaving them approximately $7,500 short of their target.
The Roseville Public School solar project has been the only project that the Board of ACAF has been prepared to put forward to our member as worthy of support. This is our opportunity of putting community funds toward a project which fulfils our core principle of reducing CO2 emissions. Compared to a Carbon Credit scheme, the Roseville Public School solar system will remove over ten times more CO2 from the atmosphere.
You too can now make a positive contribution to the reduction of CO2 emissions by donating funds to enable this project to go forward. Even a contribution of $5.00 equates to one tonne less of CO2 in the atmosphere.
Please go to our Donations page now and givens much as you can.
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(1) Without our contribution this project will not take place, so effectively the forecast 1,480 tonnes saving in CO2 will not occur without our $7,500 contribution.