ABOVE: State MP Chris Gulaptis at Coraki Primary School. Photo: Contributed
Tenders have opened for the ‘greenification’ of Coraki Primary School.
State MP Chris Gulaptis said local small businesses were in prime position to win the contracts.
Coraki is one of a handful of public schools to join the NSW Government’s Schools Renewable Energy Infrastructure Pilot Project.
“The contract includes the supply and installation of tens of thousands of dollars’ worth of solar panels and batteries so Coraki School can generate clean green electricity for the local community as part of the state’s march towards a zero-carbon future,” Mr Gulaptis said.
The pilot project will test the benefits and costs of the large-scale implementation of solar systems and batteries at schools.
“If this works, and there is no reason to think it won’t, it could be replicated across many of the other 2,200 public schools in NSW,” Mr Gulaptis said.
Minister for Education, the Nationals’ Sarah Mitchell, said NSW public schools had a combined roof space of 8 million square meters.
“That is almost 2,000 football fields’ worth of space ready for clean power generation,” Ms Mitchell said.
“By producing solar energy, schools will benefit from lower energy bills, and batteries will store any excess solar energy for later use, or it can be sold to the energy grid. They’ll also save an average of $300,000 in power bills.”