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Solar and Energy Smart Upgrades for Ballarat High School

A future Liberal Nationals Government will create Australia’s most energy efficient schools by embracing the latest renewable energy technology.

Ballarat High School will receive $50,000 to install a solar PV system and deliver energy efficient lighting solutions to tackle their soaring power bills.

Ballarat High School is the leading government secondary school in Ballarat. It has a proud tradition of excellence, and has been committed to improving facilities for students for many years.

Unfortunately, it has been hit hard by rising energy costs, but its large campus provides the ideal opportunity for the installation of solar panels and energy efficiency upgrades.

Principal Gary Palmer backs the commitment stating, “we think this is a great initiative because reducing our energy footprint will allow us to divert that money to students and their classroom practices.”

A Guy Government will get renewables right and help Ballarat High School to generate their own energy – meaning less money wasted on power bills and more being spent on our kids’ education.

Comments attributable to Shadow Minister for Renewables, David Southwick:

“Under Daniel Andrews, Victorians are paying more than ever for power and electricity bills are affecting everyone in Victoria, including Ballarat High School.

The Victorian Liberals will get renewables right and schools such as Ballarat High are ideal candidates for solar PV, as they consume most of their power during the day when the sun is shining and coinciding with grid peak demand.”

Comments attributable to Member for Ripon, Louise Staley:

“Ballarat High School is the school of choice for many local families in Ripon and this grant will enable the school to free up funds for teaching and learning.”

Comments attributable to Liberal Candidate for Wendouree, Amy Johnson:

“Power bills are going through the roof due to Labor’s ideological energy policies. The Liberals are committed to practical solutions to this.

Schools like Ballarat High shouldn’t be out of pocket because Labor wants to increase power bills and appease Greens voters in inner-city Melbourne.”

Media Contact:        Jemma Townson      0438 534 111

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