Local schools can now apply for grants of up to $50,000 to become solar schools under the Rudd Government’s National Solar Schools Program.

The Federal Member for Page, Janelle Saffin, said the commencement of the program delivered on the Government’s election commitment to help all Australian schools to become solar schools.

“Every school is different, and The National Solar Schools Program provides the flexibility schools need to invest in a range of sustainable solutions,” she said.

“From solar panels, rainwater tanks, small wind or hydro power generators to insulation and awnings — there is a long list of water and energy efficiency measures schools can choose from.

“The program provides students with a practical demonstration of the simple steps we can all take to do our bit for the environment and help tackle climate change, and they can carry this knowledge into their homes and our wider communities.

“The solar power industry will benefit too from the $480 million Federal funding injection, which will  create increased demand for large solar power systems for school roofs.

“I would encourage all schools in Page to visit the Federal Environment Department’s website to learn more about The National Solar Schools Program and the enormous opportunities available, and consider what might work best for them.”

More information about the program, including funding guidelines, is available by visiting the Department of Environment website.