$130k of free so­lar to win for schools

Sunshine Coast Daily - Caloundra Weekly - - LIFE LOCAL LIFE -

THE good en­ergy in Aussie schools could win them one of five so­lar sys­tems val­ued at over $26,000 each thanks to a com­pe­ti­tion from the na­tion’s lead­ing en­ergy re­tailer.

Ori­gin is invit­ing schools to show off their good en­ergy in what­ever form it takes – be it through vol­un­teer­ing in the lo­cal com­mu­nity, rais­ing funds for a char­ity, health and fit­ness pro­grams, or en­vi­ron­men­tal con­ser­va­tion and re­cy­cling.

Ori­gin - who has in­stalled over 1 mil­lion so­lar pan­els in the last 15 years – will re­ward one el­i­gi­ble school in each of Queens­land, NSW, Vic­to­ria, SA and WA with a fully in­stalled 20.625kW so­lar sys­tem.

For the win­ning schools, this could mean an av­er­age sav­ing of $8,500 on their an­nual elec­tric­ity bil­lii, plus a re­duc­tion of their an­nual car­bon emis­sions equiv­a­lent to con­serv­ing 27.7 acres of forests in one year. To en­ter, peo­ple need to write up to 100 words about how their school spreads good en­ergy and how it will ben­e­fit from the prize, with the op­tion to in­clude an im­age or video with their en­try. In­for­ma­tion on Ori­gin’s web­site.

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