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Solar Our Schools: State of Play - Tas

Write to the Tasmanian Minister for Education and Training asking him to work in partnership with the federal government to support funding and remove barriers to Solar Our Schools.


You can cut and paste the template below and customise it where indicated. Or write your own letter.

Email your letter to: [email protected]tas.gov.au

Please also bcc our Volunteer Director [email protected]

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The Hon Jeremy Rockliff MP, Minister for Education and Training
Level 10, 15 Murray Street Hobart Tas 7000

Dear Minister,

RE Solar Infrastructure for Schools & Early Learning Centres

INSERT: Brief specific info how many children you have, where you live and why you are worried about their future due to climate change.

I am writing to ask the Tasmanian State Government to work in partnership with the Federal Government to support Solar Our Schools: a COVID-19 recovery initiative that would see solar panels and batteries in all schools and early childhood centres across Australia. 

This excellent economic investment will:

  • Create many thousands of regional and local jobs
  • Save schools and early childhood centres thousands of dollars per year to put towards educational resources
  • Immediately reduce carbon emissions

I am one of more than 12,000 parents nationwide who have signed Australian Parents for Climate Action's open letter to the Prime Minister calling for Federal support for Solar Our Schools.

We congratulate you for implementing the $5m Renewable Energy Schools Fund in 2021. Tasmania has no current programs for installing batteries on state schools. There are still many Tasmanian state schools without solar or with insufficient solar, and many early childhood centres and independent schools find the financial and administrative burden too great to access solar or batteries.

Installing solar panels in a distributed way across the rooftops of early childhood centres and all schools allows them to generate solar for their operations, saving them many thousands of dollars in electricity bills, which can be put towards teaching and learning resources.

INSERT: Brief information about your own kids' school/preschools and whether they have solar. Why would solar (or more solar) and batteries be good for your school/preschool?

What's exciting about coupling solar with batteries is that it unlocks the ability of schools and early childhood centres to become Virtual Power Plants (VPPs)  allowing them to trade their excess solar power with the community via an energy market operator. 

Homes like mine in the surrounding area can choose to buy dispatchable energy from school VPPs, enabling the school to earn money to put towards learning resources. This will also stabilize the grid during peak demand events. Schools are closed during most peak demand events  weekends, evenings and school holidays.

Enabling every Australian school and early childhood centre to act as VPPs would provide also 1000 megawatts of dispatchable power into the electricity grid the equivalent of the Liddell coal-fired power plant.

Importantly, allowing schools to act as VPPs also enables their surrounding communities to have a resilient local power source and emergency safe haven, which is increasingly important in regional areas as we face climate-related big weather events.

I ask that you commit to working with the Federal Government to:

  • Fund solar panels for all state schools, who do not yet have solar or who have an insufficiently small system
  • Fund a roll-out of batteries in all state schools
  • Support solar panels and batteries for Tasmanian early childhood centres and independent schools
  • Support schools operating as Virtual Power Plants

INSERT: Brief personal message about why this is so important to you.

I look forward to your response.

Yours sincerely

(Your full name and address)

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What else can you do to progress Solar Our Schools?

Sign and share the Open Letter.

Sign up as a Solar Our Schools Champion to get involved at a state and local level.

Donate to the campaign to Solar Our Schools.

 

 

Image: Tasmania Outline White Map Australia from Vector.me


Solar Our Schools: State of Play - NSW

Write to the NSW Minister for Education and Early Childhood asking her to work in partnership with the federal government to support funding and remove barriers to Solar Our Schools.

You can cut and paste the template below and customise it where indicated. Or write your own letter.

Email your letter to: [email protected]

Please also bcc our Volunteer Director [email protected]

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The Hon Sarah Mitchell MLC, Minister for Education and Early Childhood Learning

GPO Box 5341 SYDNEY NSW 2001

Dear Minister,

RE Solar Infrastructure for Schools & Early Learning Centres

INSERT: Brief specific info how many children you have, where you live and why you are worried about their future due to climate change.

I am writing to ask the NSW State Government to work in partnership with the Federal Government to support Solar Our Schools: a COVID-19 recovery initiative that would see solar panels and batteries in all schools and early childhood centres across Australia. 

This excellent economic investment will:

  • Create many thousands of regional and local jobs
  • Save schools and early childhood centres thousands of dollars per year to put towards educational resources
  • Immediately reduce carbon emissions

I am one of more than 11,000 parents nationwide who have signed Australian Parents for Climate Action's open letter to the Prime Minister calling for Federal support for Solar Our Schools.

There are still many NSW state schools without solar or with insufficient solar, and none with batteries. I was pleased to see the recent budget allocation for pilot state schools to get solar and batteries. But many NSW early childhood centres and independent schools find the financial and administrative burden too great to access solar or batteries. Installing solar panels in a distributed way across the rooftops of early childhood centres and schools would allow them to generate solar for their operations, saving them many thousands of dollars in electricity bills, which can be put towards teaching and learning resources.

INSERT: Brief information about your own kids' school/preschools and whether they have solar. Why would solar (or more solar) and batteries be good for your school/preschool?

What's exciting about coupling solar with batteries is that it unlocks the ability of schools and early childhood centres to become Virtual Power Plants (VPPs)  allowing them to trade their excess solar power with the community via an energy market operator. 

Homes like mine in the surrounding area can choose to buy dispatchable energy from school VPPs, enabling the school to earn money to put towards learning resources. This will also stabilize the grid during peak demand events. Schools are closed during most peak demand events  weekends, evenings and school holidays.

Enabling every Australian school and early childhood centre to act as VPPs would provide also 1000 megawatts of dispatchable power into the electricity grid the equivalent of the Liddell coal-fired power plant.

Importantly, allowing schools to act as VPPs also enables their surrounding communities to have a resilient local power source and emergency safe haven, which is increasingly important in regional areas as we face climate-related big weather events.

I ask that you commit to working with the Federal Government to:

  • Fund solar panels for state schools, who do not yet have solar or who have an insufficiently small system
  • Fund a roll-out of batteries in all state schools
  • Fund solar panels and batteries for NSW early childhood centres and independent schools (means-tested)
  • Support schools operating as Virtual Power Plants

INSERT: Brief personal message about why this is so important to you.

I look forward to your response.

Yours sincerely

(Your full name and address)

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What else can you do to progress Solar Our Schools?

Sign and share the Open Letter.

Sign up as a Solar Our Schools Champion to get involved at a state and local level.

Donate to the campaign to Solar Our Schools.

 

 

New South Wales White Outline Map Australia from Vector.me


Opportunity missed for a Green Recovery

 

2020-09-28 L-R Kath Naish Heidi Lee Douglas Gavin Scott Deanna Hayes

MEDIA RELEASE - 7TH OCTOBER 2020

Opportunity missed for a Green Recovery

Australian parents asking for a safer future for their children have been ignored in this Federal Budget, saying a key opportunity has been badly missed for a green recovery from Covid-19 that also addresses the dire climate threat.

More than 10,000 parents sent a loud message to the Federal Government in the lead up to the Federal Budget that they want investment in renewable energy, in the form of an innovative initiative Solar Our Schools, which would see solar and batteries put on all schools and early childhood centres

But the government has instead chosen to invest in a gas-led recovery, embedding its relationship with the fossil fuel industry.

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Prime Minister's Solar Powered Cubby Signals the Future Parents Want

More than 10,000 Australian parents have signed an open letter asking Prime Minister Scott Morrison to fund solar panels and batteries for all Australian schools and early childhood centres. A COVID-safe convoy of 20 parents delivered the petition via a ‘solar-powered cubby house’ to the Prime Minister’s residence at Kirribilli House, on Wednesday 30th of September 2020.

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We have the solution to ScoMo's energy woes

MEDIA RELEASE - 18TH SEPTEMBER 2020

Australian Parents for Climate Action (AP4CA) have presented a “no-brainer” solution to the Prime Minister’s challenge for the energy industry to come up with a way to generate 1000 megawatts of dispatchable power.

AP4CA are asking the federal government to fund their Solar Our Schools initiative in the October federal budget. Their initiative would replace Liddell coal-fired power plant’s capacity whilst also delivering co-benefits like thousands of regional jobs across Australia.     

 “Parents want a safe future for our children, and do not want to see the Federal government investing in more fossil fuels like gas”, says AP4CA’s National Director Suzie Brown.  

Morrison expressed concern on Tuesday that new power generation would be needed because of the closure of the Liddell coal-fired power plant in 2023, with Energy Minister Angus Taylor saying the government needs 1000 megawatts of dispatchable energy committed by April next year. 

AP4CA say their Solar Our Schools initiative would easily and sustainably solve these energy shortage woes by generating 907 megawatts of solar power, coupled with 2,230 MWh of batteries, and stabilise the energy grid by enabling schools and early childhood centres to operate as Virtual Power Plants.

“Having solar and batteries across the whole country located on schools and early childhood centres would provide the peaking power needed on hot days, negating the need for the government to build a large gas power station. Schools are closed when peak demand events generally occur”, says AP4CA’s National Director Suzie Brown.  

“Putting solar and batteries in schools and early childhood centres and allowing them to operate as Virtual Power Plants would address the nation’s power needs, save large amounts of money on schools’ and early childhood centres’ power bills, create over 7,000 regional jobs in renewables, and reduce carbon emissions by millions of tonnes per year”, says Brown, “a win-win for the economy and a safe future”.

AP4CA’s open letter to the Prime Minister asking him to implement Solar Our Schools already has more than 5,600 parents’ signatories. Their members are meeting with Federal politicians in the lead up to delivering the open letter to the Prime Minister.

The Solar Our Schools initiative is based on data from Beyond Zero Emissions’ Million Jobs Plan, which provides for large schools and centres to utilise 250kW of solar plus a medium battery and small schools and centres to use 25kW of solar panels plus a small battery. Large schools and centres are modelled to save $114,000 and small schools and centres to save $12,700 per year, based on a fully funded system of solar and batteries and participation as a Virtual Power Plant.

Contact  AP4CA Heidi Lee Douglas, 0401 092 57 [email protected]

Suzie Brown 0419 002 606 [email protected] (Photo Suzie Brown, National Director AP4CA)

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Ask Prime Minister Morrison to ‘Solar Our Schools’

We call on the Australian Federal and State/Territory governments to work together to Solar Our Schools, by funding solar and batteries for every school and early childhood centre in Australia (with means-tested grants for privately-owned schools and for-profit early learning centres). 

Solar Our Schools will:

- Create at least 6,870 renewable energy jobs in all regions of Australia.

- Slash school energy bills which frees up more funds for learning resources - save large schools $114,000 in energy bills per year and small schools $12,700 per year (Beyond Zero Emissions).

- Save millions of tonnes of carbon emissions per year.

It's the perfect way to stimulate our economy.

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