Green schools harness the sun

Macedon MP Mary-Anne Thomas with Gisborne Secondary's Marnie Sparrow, Courtney, Ayva, and principal Jon Morley (Supplied)

Jessica Micallef

Two Macedon Ranges schools will become more energy efficient.

Gisborne Secondary College and Kyneton Primary School are among 171 government schools to receive solar power systems as part of the state government’s $8.8 million Greener Government School Buildings program.

The program aims to reduce greenhouse gas emissions at schools and save them money.

It will also remove the upfront costs of installing a solar system.

Macedon MP Mary-Anne Thomas said it is hoped 8200 kilowatts of solar would have been installed by June 2022, bringing with it an estimated saving of $2 million per year and 11,500 tonnes of carbon emissions abated.

“This is great news for Gisborne Secondary and Kyneton Primary and it will make a big difference to both these fantastic local schools,” Ms Thomas said.

“The Greener Government School Buildings Program will cut emissions while at the same time cutting costs for our schools and that is good news for everyone.”

Education Minister James Merlino said the program was established following the success of a pilot program which was rolled out across 42 schools in 2019.

“We are taking action to make these schools more sustainable and more energy efficient so we can all do our bit for the environment,” he said.