With the alarming news of climate change over the years, more and more people and institutions are getting concerned with the effects of current systems used in energy use and distribution, as well as the choice of the energy resources as well. While concerned citizens, individuals, businesses, and institutions are already making changes, the support from the government is still a necessary force to create more impact in finding solutions for the problem and making sustainable living a real possibility in the future.
In the past, some countries have agreed to make changes in their governance to be more deliberate in addressing the environmental issues in the planet. The Paris Agreement, for example, has served as a formal collaborative effort of various nations in making small achievable changes throughout a certain number of years to keep everyone accountable in the common goal of mitigating the effects of climate change.
In an effort to support such movements, the State government is making moves to provide green energy to its citizens, now through solar on the Gold Coast schools. Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk explains that the government is spending up to $97 million on the program.
Advancing Clean Energy Schools
The Advancing Clean Energy Schools (ACES) program will provide solar on the Gold Coast schools, projecting up to $10.2 million savings every year. She explains that the investment would bring great savings for the government, but would also greatly contribute in their efforts to use renewable energy by up to 50% by 2030. She adds that their schools are one of the top users of energy in the government, reaching up to $50 million in electricity bill per year.
The program expects to spend $40 million on the solar panel systems and an additional $57 in upgrading schools to be more energy efficient.
Forty-two schools will receive the said upgrades. The selection depends on the amount of energy they consume, the number of students enrolled, and the availability of suppliers that could be successful partners in the project.
However, the project is not limited to 42 schools alone. This is just the initial figure, but the government plans to install solar panels and put efficient energy usage measures to over 800 schools within the next three years.