Schools save energy and water with Federal Government help

Tony Burke is pleased to announce that St Jerome’s Punchbowl, All Saints Greek Orthodox Grammar, Canterbury Vale School, Hampden Public School and Greenacre Public School from his electorate of Watson were successful recipients of the Gillard Government’s National Solar Schools Program.

The grants will allow schools to install solar and other renewable power systems, rainwater tanks and to implement a range of energy efficiency measures.

“The Government’s Clean Energy Future plan provides significant levels of financial support for innovation in renewable energy and other low-pollution technologies, and I congratulate the schools on their successful applications” Tony Burke said.

Applications were assessed using merit-based criteria, meaning schools have to demonstrate value for money, as well as environmental and educational benefits.

Mr Des Fox, Principal of St Jerome’s said “Our whole school community will benefit from this grant in many ways. We are particularly looking forward to the opportunity that the installation of solar panels offers us. It will further enhance education programs regarding our shared responsibility to better understand environmental sustainability issues and our stewardship of resources”.

Tony Burke said “These schools will be taking practical action to reduce carbon emissions whilst saving water, and conserving and generating electricity”.

The National Solar Schools Program is another example of the Gillard Government’s investment in renewable energy to ensure a clean energy future for Australia.

The final round of the program will open to applications on 13 February, 2012.

For more information about the National Solar Schools Program, including a list of successful grant recipients, visit:

For more information about our plan for a clean energy future visit: or phone Mr Burke’s office on 9750 9088.