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.