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Solar Our Schools: State of Play - Vic

Write to the Victorian Minister for Education asking him to work in partnership with the federal government to support funding and remove barriers to Solar Our Schools.


You can cut and paste the template below and customise it where indicated. Or write your own letter.

Email your letter to: [email protected]

Please also bcc our Volunteer Director [email protected]

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The Hon James Merlino MP Minister for Education

GPO Box 4367 Melbourne Vic 3001

Dear Minister,

RE Solar Infrastructure for Schools & Early Learning Centres

INSERT: Brief specific info how many children you have, where you live and why you are worried about their future due to climate change.

I am writing to ask the Victorian State Government to work in partnership with the Federal Government to support Solar Our Schools: a COVID-19 recovery initiative that would see solar panels and batteries in all schools and early childhood centres across Australia. 

This excellent economic investment will:

  • Create many thousands of regional and local jobs
  • Save schools and early childhood centres thousands of dollars per year to put towards educational resources
  • Immediately reduce carbon emissions

I am one of more than 11,000 parents nationwide who have signed Australian Parents for Climate Action's open letter to the Prime Minister calling for Federal support for Solar Our Schools.

We welcome the Victorian Government’s recent announcement of 600MW of renewable energy to be sourced from wind and solar farms in order to power Victoria’s state schools, hospitals and trains. 

Providing solar and batteries to schools directly is a great opportunity to further bolster renewable energy take-up. There are still many Victorian state schools without solar or with insufficient solar, and none with batteries. Many Victorian early childhood centres and independent schools find the financial and administrative burden too great to access solar or batteries. Installing solar panels in a distributed way across the rooftops of early childhood centres and schools allows them to generate solar for their operations, saving them many thousands of dollars in electricity bills, which can be put towards teaching and learning resources.

INSERT: Brief information about your own kids' school/preschools and whether they have solar. Why would solar (or more solar) and batteries be good for your school/preschool?

What's exciting about coupling solar with batteries is that it unlocks the ability of schools and early childhood centres to become Virtual Power Plants (VPPs)  allowing them to trade their excess solar power with the community via an energy market operator. 

Homes like mine in the surrounding area can choose to buy dispatchable energy from school VPPs, enabling the school to earn money to put towards learning resources. This will also stabilize the grid during peak demand events. Schools are closed during most peak demand events  weekends, evenings and school holidays.

Enabling every Australian school and early childhood centre to act as VPPs would provide also 1000 megawatts of dispatchable power into the electricity grid the equivalent of the Liddell coal-fired power plant.

Importantly, allowing schools to act as VPPs also enables their surrounding communities to have a resilient local power source and emergency safe haven, which is increasingly important in regional areas as we face climate-related big weather events.

I ask that you commit to working with the Federal Government to:

  • Fund solar panels for state schools, who do not yet have solar or who have an insufficiently small system
  • Fund a roll-out of batteries in all state schools
  • Support solar panels and batteries for Victorian early childhood centres and independent schools
  • Support schools operating as Virtual Power Plants

INSERT: Brief personal message about why this is so important to you.

I look forward to your response.

Yours sincerely

(Your full name and address)

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What else can you do to progress Solar Our Schools?

Sign and share the Open Letter.

Sign up as a Solar Our Schools Champion to get involved at a state and local level.

Donate to the campaign to Solar Our Schools.

 

 

Victoria Map Outline Australia State from Vector.me 


Solar Our Schools: State of Play - SA

Write to the South Australian Minister for Education asking him to work in partnership with the federal government to support funding and remove barriers to Solar Our Schools.

You can cut and paste the template below and customise it where indicated. Or write your own letter.

Email your letter to: [email protected]

Please also bcc our Volunteer Director [email protected]

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The Hon John Gardner MP, Minister for Education
GPO Box 1563 Adelaide SA 5001

Dear Minister,

RE Solar Infrastructure for Schools & Early Learning Centres

INSERT: Brief specific info how many children you have, where you live and why you are worried about their future due to climate change.

I am writing to ask the South Australian State Government to work in partnership with the Federal Government to support Solar Our Schools: a COVID-19 recovery initiative that would see solar panels and batteries in all schools and early childhood centres across Australia. 

This excellent economic investment will:

  • Create many thousands of regional and local jobs
  • Save schools and early childhood centres thousands of dollars per year to put towards educational resources
  • Immediately reduce carbon emissions

I am one of more than 11,000 parents nationwide who have signed Australian Parents for Climate Action's open letter to the Prime Minister calling for Federal support for Solar Our Schools.

South Australia has made good progress in installing solar on state schools, but there is still a large number of schools without solar or with insufficient solar, and none with batteries. Many SA early childhood centres and independent schools find the financial and administrative burden too great to access solar or batteries.

Installing solar panels in a distributed way across the rooftops of early childhood centres and schools allows them to generate solar for their operations, saving them many thousands of dollars in electricity bills, which can be put towards teaching and learning resources.

INSERT: Brief information about your own kids' school/preschools and whether they have solar. Why would solar (or more solar) and batteries be good for your school/preschool

What's exciting about coupling solar with batteries is that it unlocks the ability of schools and early childhood centres to become Virtual Power Plants (VPPs)  allowing them to trade their excess solar power with the community via an energy market operator. 

Homes like mine in the surrounding area can choose to buy dispatchable energy from school VPPs, enabling the school to earn money to put towards learning resources. This will also stabilize the grid during peak demand events. Schools are closed during most peak demand events  weekends, evenings and school holidays.

Enabling every Australian school and early childhood centre to act as VPPs would provide also 1000 megawatts of dispatchable power into the electricity grid the equivalent of the Liddell coal-fired power plant.

Importantly, allowing schools to act as VPPs also enables their surrounding communities to have a resilient local power source and emergency safe haven, which is increasingly important in regional areas as we face climate-related big weather events.

I ask that you commit to working with the Federal Government to:

  • Fund solar panels for state schools, who do not yet have solar or who have an insufficiently small system
  • Fund a roll-out of batteries in all state schools
  • Support solar panels and batteries for SA early childhood centres and independent schools
  • Support schools operating as Virtual Power Plants

INSERT: Brief personal message about why this is so important to you.

I look forward to your response.

Yours sincerely

(Your full name and address)

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What else can you do to progress Solar Our Schools?

Sign and share the Open Letter.

Sign up as a Solar Our Schools Champion to get involved at a state and local level.

Donate to the campaign to Solar Our Schools.

 

 

Geography Australia Map South Coastline from Vector.me


Solar Our Schools: State of Play - Tas

Write to the Tasmanian Minister for Education and Training asking him to work in partnership with the federal government to support funding and remove barriers to Solar Our Schools.


You can cut and paste the template below and customise it where indicated. Or write your own letter.

Email your letter to: jeremy.rockliff@parliament.tas.gov.au

Please also bcc our Volunteer Director [email protected]

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The Hon Jeremy Rockliff MP, Minister for Education and Training
Level 10, 15 Murray Street Hobart Tas 7000

Dear Minister,

RE Solar Infrastructure for Schools & Early Learning Centres

INSERT: Brief specific info how many children you have, where you live and why you are worried about their future due to climate change.

I am writing to ask the Tasmanian State Government to work in partnership with the Federal Government to support Solar Our Schools: a COVID-19 recovery initiative that would see solar panels and batteries in all schools and early childhood centres across Australia. 

This excellent economic investment will:

  • Create many thousands of regional and local jobs
  • Save schools and early childhood centres thousands of dollars per year to put towards educational resources
  • Immediately reduce carbon emissions

I am one of more than 12,000 parents nationwide who have signed Australian Parents for Climate Action's open letter to the Prime Minister calling for Federal support for Solar Our Schools.

We congratulate you for implementing the $5m Renewable Energy Schools Fund in 2021. Tasmania has no current programs for installing batteries on state schools. There are still many Tasmanian state schools without solar or with insufficient solar, and many early childhood centres and independent schools find the financial and administrative burden too great to access solar or batteries.

Installing solar panels in a distributed way across the rooftops of early childhood centres and all schools allows them to generate solar for their operations, saving them many thousands of dollars in electricity bills, which can be put towards teaching and learning resources.

INSERT: Brief information about your own kids' school/preschools and whether they have solar. Why would solar (or more solar) and batteries be good for your school/preschool?

What's exciting about coupling solar with batteries is that it unlocks the ability of schools and early childhood centres to become Virtual Power Plants (VPPs)  allowing them to trade their excess solar power with the community via an energy market operator. 

Homes like mine in the surrounding area can choose to buy dispatchable energy from school VPPs, enabling the school to earn money to put towards learning resources. This will also stabilize the grid during peak demand events. Schools are closed during most peak demand events  weekends, evenings and school holidays.

Enabling every Australian school and early childhood centre to act as VPPs would provide also 1000 megawatts of dispatchable power into the electricity grid the equivalent of the Liddell coal-fired power plant.

Importantly, allowing schools to act as VPPs also enables their surrounding communities to have a resilient local power source and emergency safe haven, which is increasingly important in regional areas as we face climate-related big weather events.

I ask that you commit to working with the Federal Government to:

  • Fund solar panels for all state schools, who do not yet have solar or who have an insufficiently small system
  • Fund a roll-out of batteries in all state schools
  • Support solar panels and batteries for Tasmanian early childhood centres and independent schools
  • Support schools operating as Virtual Power Plants

INSERT: Brief personal message about why this is so important to you.

I look forward to your response.

Yours sincerely

(Your full name and address)

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What else can you do to progress Solar Our Schools?

Sign and share the Open Letter.

Sign up as a Solar Our Schools Champion to get involved at a state and local level.

Donate to the campaign to Solar Our Schools.

 

 

Image: Tasmania Outline White Map Australia from Vector.me


Our horrific Black Summer: We call on the government for a climate-positive COVID-19 recovery

By AP4CA members Liz Cowan and Amy Blain, Canberra. 

Throughout the Bushfire Royal Commission hearings, Australians are reminded that bushfire survivors have not forgotten their terrifying Black Summer. Australian Parents for Climate Action released an emotional video, based on parents’ submissions to the commission. Here are two of their stories. 

 

Ash in Amy Blain's newborn baby's ear, Jan 2020

 

Amy’s story: 

Nothing pierces your heart more than your 6-year-old looking up at you and saying: “Are we going to be ok?”It was a question my daughter asked me as we fled bushfires to Horseshoe Bay at Bermagui on New Year’s Eve 2019. Now, it’s a question I ask myself every day. Is it too late? Do our kids have a future?

 

That terrifying New Year’s Eve was a window, not to what’s coming, but to what’s already here. We’d left Canberra for the coast for our usual Christmas break, but as the New Year approached, our safe coastal retreat became a living nightmare. We asked ourselves: what do you need for a 6-year-old and a 10-week-old when you evacuate to the beach? How fast are the fires travelling? How close will they get? When will they burn out? How can we keep our kids safe?

 

After time on the beach, we returned to the house; it seemed a better option than having the kids out in the smoke. The water was contaminated, the filtration plant damaged, the power and phone network cut, the supermarket ran out of bottled water. The roads home were shut. We had no way of contacting anyone or knowing what was happening. So, we waited. As we bought disposable nappies, we realised how futile our individual actions to ‘save the planet’ now seemed. 

 

Our drive back home to Canberra was smoke-filled. Cooma choked in an impenetrable fog. Canberra welcomed in 2020 with the worst air quality in the world. The air we breathed was hazardous. Our children had ash in their eyes and ears. All our little one wanted for 2020 was no more fires. We were quarantined in a smoke-filled house, knowing we couldn’t get face masks to protect tiny developing lungs. Nowhere felt safe.

 

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