Northern Territory Govt Announces Rooftop Solar Program For Schools

Northern Territory Govt Announces Rooftop Solar Program For Schools

Northern Territory Minister for Education Selena Uibo

Territory Schools Charged Up As Rooftop Solar Program Begins To Roll Out

Victor P Taffa

Northern Territory Government’s $5 Million Rooftop Solar in Schools election commitment has started to roll out, with tenders awarded for installation at 5 schools.

“This program will enable selected schools to save up to 40 % of their energy costs and redirect those savings into resources that will enhance our children’s education.” Minister for Education Selena Uibo said.

Announced in November last year, the program will be delivered to 25 schools over 3 years at a cost of $5 Million and is anticipated to save selected schools up to 40 % of their energy costs.

“Just last week, Singapore’s Sun Cable announced plans to power one third of the island nation by building the world’s biggest solar farm in the Territory, which will create 1300 jobs for Territorians.” Minister for Renewables Energy and Essential Services Dale Wakefield said.

Installation is underway at Casuarina Secondary College, the first of the 25 selected schools, and is soon to commence at Katherine High School, Nightcliff Primary School, Palmerston College and Sanderson Middle School.

Combined, the first 5 projects are expected to support 40 local construction jobs.

Tenders for a further 5 schools will be awarded in the coming months.

Program will be delivered to schools in every Territory region, including remote schools, with sites selected on the basis of their energy usage or their innovative science programs.

  • 8 schools have been identified in Round 1 (2018/19),
  • 6 in Round 2 (2019/20),
  • 5 in Round 3 (2020/21).

“Solar power program will allow Casuarina Senior College to take practical action to reduce its emissions, while also providing educational benefits for students in learning about renewable energy and environmental awareness.” Casuarina Senior College Principal Glenn Dixon said.

In each of those rounds, 2 positions are open for Expressions of Interest, which will enable any Territory school to apply for the installation of solar panels.

Schools Chosen For The 3 Year Rooftop Solar Program:

Round 1 – 2018/19

  1. Casuarina Senior College
  2. Palmerston Senior College
  3. Katherine High School
  4. Sanderson Middle School
  5. Nhulunbuy High School
  6. Centralian Middle School
  7. Nightcliff Primary School
  8. Tennant Creek High School
  9. TBC – subject to expression of interest
  10. TBC – subject to expression of interest

Round 2 – 2019/20

  1. Maningrida College
  2. Dripstone Middle School
  3. Braitling Primary School
  4. Shepherdson College
  5. Ngukurr School
  6. Centralian Senior College
  7. TBC – subject to expression of interest
  8. TBC – subject to expression of interest

Round 3 – 2020/21

  1. Angurugu School
  2. Gunbalanya School
  3. Nhulunbuy Primary School
  4. Nightcliff Middle School
  5. Yuendumu School
  6. TBC – subject to expression of interest
  7. TBC – subject to expression of interest