The Hills Grammar School, a co-educational and non-denominational K-12 school in Sydney’s Hills District, has a philosophy of commitment to personal integrity and social responsibility, with environmental sustainability being a core value.

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The Hills Grammar School, a co-educational and non-denominational K-12 school in Sydney’s Hills District, has a philosophy of commitment to personal integrity and social responsibility, with environmental sustainability being a core value.

In 2007, the school community, made up of approximately 1100 students, 170 staff and over 700 families, developed a ‘green policy’ to explore energy efficiency measures including the use of solar power. As the school has more than 1000 students, it qualified for a $100,000 grant under the Federal Government’s National Solar Schools Program, which encourages schools to take practical action to address climate change by adopting energy efficiency measures such as solar power.

Benefits

The 10.8kW solar power system installed at the Hills Grammar School will:

  • Generate enough solar energy to power 15-16 classrooms, or almost 6 Australian homes for a year.
  • Improve energy efficiency, reducing energy consumption and operating costs.
  • Provide educational benefits for students and community raises awareness of renewable energy in the community.
  • Will reduce C02 emissions by 480 tonnes over 30 years, which is equivalent to planting almost 400m2 of trees or removing almost 70 cars from Australian roads for 1 year.

After reviewing proposals from multiple solar energy providers, the school engaged Solgen Energy to provide a complete solar solution based on a competitive price, reputation for superior service and their hands on support; from registration to installation. Over two days Solgen Energy’s experienced installation team fixed 48 durable and efficient solar modules to the roof of the school’s multipurpose hall. The panels were positioned to maximise energy generation capacity, while also remaining sensitive to the school’s neo-colonial architecture and bush land setting.

Solgen Energy managed the project from start to finish – providing assistance with the government grant process, coordinating workplace safety measures and training staff how to get the most out of the system – ensuring the whole process was hassle-free for the school. A web-enabled monitoring device was built into the system to provide students and school staff with the ability to access real time energy generation statistics, store data and analyse the results.

The system will generate approximately 16 Megawatt hours of electricity per annum, preventing about 15 tonnes of greenhouse gases from entering the atmosphere each year. With the Solgen Energy solar solution, Hills Grammar School has made a significant contribution to environmental sustainability and achieved their objective of environmental sustainability for the school community.

As well as the immediate benefit of reduced electricity costs, the solar solution also provides valuable educational opportunity to encourage positive environmental actions in the wider school community. David Naismith, Joint Director or Solgen Energy said Solgen Energy was proud to be helping schools play an integral part in Australia’s move to a low-carbon future by adopting solar technology to tackle climate change head on.

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