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School power costs to be cut by more than $2m a year

8 February 2017

Forty schools will receive $250,000 grants for solar panels and LED lighting upgrades, with a further 200 schools receiving $25,000 to replace inefficient lighting, such as fluorescent tubes, and install lighting sensors and timers.

The $15 million investment in solar panels and energy efficient lighting will save school’s money, reduce carbon emissions and create jobs for South Australians.

It is anticipated power bills at the 40 schools receiving solar panels could reduce by about $30,000 on average each year.

In accordance with the state’s Industry Participation Policy (IPP), local businesses, contractors and suppliers will be targeted to ensure the local industry benefits from the program.

It is anticipated that the program will create 38 full time equivalent jobs and installation of the solar panels and LED lighting will begin this year.

Program planning is underway and letters detailing further information will be sent to the schools involved in the coming days.

A full list of schools receiving upgrades is available here (PDF 296KB).


Schools identified for the program are requested to wait for further information prior to contacting the department with specific questions.

Asset Policy and Environmental Resources
8226 0091
Email: DECD.PolicyComms [at] sa.gov.au