Opportunity missed for a Green Recovery
7 Oct 2020
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 firstname.lastname@example.org;
Suzie Brown 0419 002 606 email@example.com (Photo Suzie Brown, National Director AP4CA)
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