108 solar panels have been installed at Sandgate State School as part of the Queensland Government’s ‘Advancing Clean Energy Schools (ACES) Program’.

The ACES Program is installing a virtual solar farm atop of Queensland schools.

The panels installed on school roofs will generate enough electricity to power 25,000 homes.

“This will save Queensland Schools $70 million each year on energy costs,” Member for Sandgate Stirling Hinchliffe said.

“It is also helping to create valuable jobs in the renewables industry right here in Sandgate.”

Angela Bell, Principal of Sandgate State School said the savings will be invested back into education for her students.

“In 2020 our school spent over $35,000 on electricity, so it’s really exciting we’ll be able to redirect that money straight back into learning” Mrs Bell said.

“Under the program, teachers will also gain access to the Solar Schools website which provides curriculum programs to get students learning about the environment and renewable energy.”

Aerial view of Sandgate State School with new solar panels

The program will continue to be rolled out across the 4017 area with panels already installed on Brighton State and Shorncliffe State Schools.

Bracken Ridge State High, Bracken Ridge State and Sandgate District State High Schools will also be getting solar panels soon.

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