Katherine High School will get a rooftop solar installation as part of the Northern Territory government’s renewable energy plan, the Katherine Times reports. The rooftop solar installation forms part of the NT government’s $5 million Rooftop Solar in Schools program. So far, in Round One of the program, ten schools have received $1.5 million in funding to install solar panels on their roofs.
An innovative bulk-buy solar scheme is helping low-income residents in the South Australian town of Port Pirie buy solar power systems. The program was set up by the area’s local government authorities. Port Pirie Regional Council wanted a home solar installation that residents of the area could pay off over four years at no more than $20 per week.
A CSIRO solar energy expert says our next generation of electricians and engineers should look to the solar energy industry for inspiration. CSIRO Research Group Leader for Solar Energy Systems Dr Greg Wilson told the Herald Sun that Australia’s renewable energy boom offers secondary students the chance to think big about a career in science, engineering or the electrical trades.
Australia’s renewable energy growth means it will reach close to 80 per cent renewables by 2030 if it continues on its current path. Data released by independent researchers Green Energy Markets (GEM) shows a “spectacular” level of renewable construction and rooftop solar installation activity across the nation since 2017.