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Planet Ark partnership bringing clean energy to schools

Date: 18-Feb-19
Author: Rachel Rayner

Cranbourne Park Primary School Installation © Rachel Rayner

Cranbourne Park Primary School Installation

Schools and childcare facilities are becoming an increasing focus to Planet Ark Power whose primary customer base is typically businesses (a total of 102 installations have been completed so far). As Planet Ark’s sister clean energy organisation, Planet Ark Power is about to switch on 454kW of energy generation at three schools across the country, reducing CO2 emissions by an estimated 11,000 tonnes over 25 years. But there are additional reasons which make these installations remarkable.

Schools are in a privileged position

These installations not only allow schools to harness the energy produced by the sun, but they also give students first-hand experience of how science and technology are creating practical and environmental solutions. Part of Planet Ark Power’s business model is long-term system upgrades and improvements as soon as they become available, providing continuous learning opportunities for students and cost-benefits for schools. This ongoing partnership with Planet Ark Power means students will be front and centre when new technologies are installed.

But, these installations are special for additional reasons. The solar systems at Cranbourne Park Primary School and Narre Warren South P-12 College are part of a program designed to help Victorian Government schools with administration and financial requirements, so they can produce clean energy sooner. This comes in the form of a 10-year solar finance offer that can provide savings from day one, supported by equigroup, the Department of Education and Training’s preferred finance supplier.

Secondly, a solar system installation at Immanuel Lutheran College will be one of the largest school installations in Queensland. Planet Ark Power is in the process of commissioning stage two of the 291kW system. This will mean 6,882 tonnes of CO2 emissions will never make it into our atmosphere.

Monitoring energy results 

We will be sharing updates as the results of cost and CO2 emission savings come in. With Planet Ark Power’s 24-hour monitoring of all the systems it has installed, those of us who love data are in for a treat.

Using renewable energy is a huge positive environmental action that schools, businesses, organisations and individuals can make to reduce their carbon footprint. Planet Ark Power, at heart an engineering organisation creating innovative solutions to energy supply, continues to bring their technology and economically circular business model to organisations across the country, with a handful of exciting projects currently in the works. We look forward to sharing that news with you soon.

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Rachel                                            Rayner
Author: Rachel Rayner

After eight years as a science communicator around the globe, Rachel wanted to concentrate on supporting the environment and discussing energy generation. At Planet Ark she can do both – putting her studies in physics, arts and communication to good use.

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