272 solar panels will be installed at Kepnock State High School this month (pictured: Gladstone South State School.)
272 solar panels will be installed at Kepnock State High School this month (pictured: Gladstone South State School.)

Next school run on solar

KEPNOCK State High School is next on the government's list to receive solar panels.

The school will receive 272 solar panels this month as part of the Advancing Clean Energy Schools Program.

Education Minister Grace Grace said the instalment should help to keep energy costs down as schools are one of the biggest energy users in the state.

"This program is such a boost for our education system here in Queensland," Ms Grace said.

"Not only are we going to save millions of dollars, we are also helping reduce our impact on the environment and support local jobs in the process.

"The energy cost savings realised by this program when fully implemented are expected to be approximately $10 million per year.

"To date, more than 2,200kW of solar power is being generated from the installed panels across Queensland."

Ms Grace said it was great to see more solar panels coming to Bundaberg schools.

"It's fantastic to see even more schools being ticked off the list in areas such as Bundaberg," she said.

"Burnett Heads State School has already received 55 solar panels which is great news. "Thirteen Queensland schools will receive solar panels over the next fortnight, meaning an extra 2000 panels are due to be installed.

"This is fantastic news for these schools just as the Christmas holiday period starts." Aside from Kepnock State High School and Burnett Heads State School, 14 other schools in the Bundaberg region are on the list to receive solar panels.

Ms Grace said the program could see as many as 34,000 solar panels installed by the end of June in 2020.

"We are well on track to deliver these panels to more than 800 state schools across Queensland," Ms Grace said.

"Importantly, the rollout of the ACES program is expected to support 320 jobs and 58,000 hours of apprentice work.


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