“Throughout the BER programme rollout and post completion period, Solgen was of great assistance through its estimating, technical advice, customer support and quality installations to 77 of 169 Abigroup Sydney Region Public Schools”

– Brian Fitzgerald, Project Manager, Abigroup

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The Building the Education Revolution (BER) solar program was a $16.2 billion undertaking by the Australian Government with around 24,000 school projects to be delivered in every community across Australia from 2009 to 2011. The program aimed to upgrade learning environments and facilities in schools such as libraries, halls and classrooms to bring schools into the 21st Century.

As a contracted supplier to the NSW Government Solgen Energy was engaged to install School Solar Power Systems for government schools across NSW as part of the BER program.

Solar Power Project Details

Client: Commonwealth Government
Location: Various schools across NSW
Date Completed: 2009-2011
Solar system peak capacity: 1.2MWp
Module: Schott Solar Modules
Inverter: SMA Inverters
Green savings: 2217 tonnes of emissions per annum
Solar electricity generated: 2015MWh per annum


Solgen Energy liaised with Government-appointed Managing Contractors such as Abi Group, Hansen Yuncken, Brookfield Multiplex and the REED Group to deliver end-to-end solutions tailored to each individual school. Solgen Energy took control of all aspects of the installation process from planning and design through to installation and commissioning as well as providing training and support to school staff.


In the design and installation of each system Solgen Energy used only the highest quality components including Schott panels and SMA inverters. Schott panels are recognized world leaders in durability and efficiency and consistently deliver higher yields when compared with other manufacturers.

In order to gain the most educational benefit from the photovoltaic system, each school had SMA web-based monitoring installed which allows staff and students to view real-time electricity generation data and thus link with tangible learning outcomes. Solgen Energy provided comprehensive support and training in the use of this monitoring system at the conclusion of each installation.


The installation of photovoltaic systems at schools provides reduced energy costs for schools, educational outcomes for students and an increased awareness of “green energy” in the community.

  • Demonstrating to students and the wider community a tangible way to reduce their carbon footprint and providing a focus for energy saving initiatives at schools
  • Providing a platform for discussion for environmental issues and linking to relevant aspects of the school curriculum.
  • Reducing schools’ electricity consumption and consequent electricity bills
  • Reducing schools’ contributions to carbon dioxide emissions and the enhanced greenhouse effect.

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