Solar switch for schools
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.