How I got solar installed at my NSW school – and how you could, too

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Within six months, I single-handedly organised, lobbied and arranged funds for a $100k, 100kW solar installation for my school in Sydney’s south. Here’s how it was done.

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One of the major NSW election promises of both major parties is the installation of solar panels on schools. But the question is, why don’t schools – in particular state-owned schools – already have solar installed?

My name is Kal Glanznig. I graduated from high-school last year and throughout my final year I single-handedly organised, lobbied and arranged funds for a $100,000, 100kW solar panel installation for my school in Sydney’s south.

From this experience, I have shown that any passionate student or individual can do the same for their own school.

As a regular reader of RenewEconomy, with a keen interest in the transition to renewable energy, I often wondered why my high school wasn’t powered by renewable energy. The solar PV bell curve perfectly aligns with the weekday energy demands of a school.

I approached my principal with this question, to which he suggested that a better way to reduce a school’s electricity footprint was to switch our lightbulbs to LEDs and promote energy saving measures; installing solar was too much of a convoluted and complicated process.

I respected his views, but decided to do my own research.

Read the full story on RenewEconomy sister site, One Step Off The Grid…

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