So­lar switch for schools

The Cairns Post - - NEWS -

FIFTY Far North schools will be switched to so­lar during the next three years.

The $97 mil­lion La­bor statewide plan is ex­pected to save $10.2 mil­lion per year in en­ergy costs and re­duce schools’ car­bon foot­print.

Trea­surer and Mul­grave MP Cur­tis Pitt said the in­vest­ment fur­ther high­lighted the govern­ment’s in­vest­ment in ed­u­ca­tion.

“The so­lar an­nounce­ment comes hot on the heels of Pre­mier An­nasta­cia Palaszczuk an­nounc­ing an ex­tra half a bil­lion to build 10 schools and up­grade ed­u­ca­tion in­fra­struc­ture across the state if re­elected,’’ he said.

La­bor can­di­date for Cairns Michael Healy said the in­vest­ment in 50 schools in Far North Queens­land would also mean jobs for lo­cals.

Ed­u­ca­tion Min­is­ter Kate Jones said en­ergy at state schools cost Queens­land $57 mil­lion ev­ery year.

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