CLEANER POWER FOR GREENER GOVERNMENT SCHOOLS

The Andrews Labor Government will install solar panels at dozens more schools across the state –
supporting Victoria’s education sector to be more sustainable, slashing emissions while reducing
power costs.

Member for Macedon, Mary-Anne Thomas today announced that Macedon Primary School is one of
36 schools to receive solar panels as part of round two of the Labor Government’s Greener
Government School Buildings program.

Macedon Primary School will receive a 32 KW system thanks to the program.

The Greener Government School Buildings program is contributing to Victoria’s greenhouse gas
reduction targets under the Climate Change Act 2017.

Once fully implemented, a total estimated installed capacity of 9,300 kilowatts across all schools
involved in the Greener Government School Buildings program is expected to reduce up to 14,000
tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions every year and save more than $2.5 million on electricity bills
for schools per year.

A solar power system is a strategic investment that can pay for itself over several years. This
investment program removes the upfront costs of installing a system that may otherwise discourage
schools from pursuing this option. Schools can find out more on the Greener Government School
Buildings program at schoolbuildings.vic.gov.au

Quote attributable to Member for Macedon, Mary-Anne Thomas
“Not only will the environment benefit from this program – installing a solar panel system at
Macedon Primary School will help reduce their power bills at a time when the cost of living is high.”

Quote attributable to Minister for Education Natalie Hutchins:
“We’re taking action to make our schools more sustainable so we can all do our bit for the
environment.”