24 January 2012 – A total of 784 schools have each been awarded grants of up to $50 000 under the  2011-12 national solar schools program, Parliamentary Secretary for Climate Change and Energy Efficiency, Mark Dreyfus said today.

The funds will help save and generate energy, as well as use water more wisely by installing solar and other renewable power systems, rainwater tanks and a range of energy efficiency measures.

The program gave school children the opportunity to see energy generation and learn the importance of water and energy conservation first hand, Mr Dreyfus said. So far 3800 schools across Australia have been awarded grants under the program.

“The combination of renewable energy systems installed under this program will generate approximately 20 megawatts of solar power – the equivalent of powering around 4,200 average households each day,” he said.

Applications for the 2012-13 program’s final round will open on 13 February, 2012.

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