SOLAR SCHOOL: Project manager Mal Dalton, trade assistant Dane Kolka and solar panel installer David Percivals of SunUp Solar install some of the 259 solar panels being put on the roofs of the Clarence Valley Anglican School. PHOTO: ADAM HOURIGAN
SOLAR SCHOOL: Project manager Mal Dalton, trade assistant Dane Kolka and solar panel installer David Percivals of SunUp Solar install some of the 259 solar panels being put on the roofs of the Clarence Valley Anglican School. PHOTO: ADAM HOURIGAN

School to save with solar set-up

IN A bid to beat the power price hike, the Clarence Valley Anglican School senior campus is having a giant makeover of the solar kind.

A 70kW solar panel system is being installed at CVAS these school holidays.

That's 259 panels, each with 265 watts of power.

CVAS finance manager Maree Cook said the panels would produce about 350kW hours of power each day.

"It will cover all our daytime usage; we will just have to pay for what we use at night," Ms Cook said.

She said it was a wise money-saving initiative that had been in the pipeline for some time.

"With the price of power increasing all the time, it's going to be cheaper for us to install the panels and just pay for more panels as we expand, than to continue to pay for power," Ms Cook said. "Financially it will work out better for us."

The works, by Gold Coast installer SunUp Solar, started at the beginning of last week and are scheduled to be completed before school resumes.

The panels have been put on the roofs of the campus's main buildings.

Project manager Mal Dalton said the school should make its money back in about two years.

"It will reduce their energy bill dramatically and because solar generally works between 9.30-10am to 2-3pm, that will produce about 5-6 hours of quality power each day," Mr Dalton said.

He said he had noticed more schools and businesses jumping on board the solar bandwagon, but this was the first school he had done such work for in New South Wales.

Why solar?

 It will reduce your power bill dramatically.

 Generally pays for itself within a few years of installation.

 It is an added layer of insulation as the area underneath has another thermal layer.

 It's a totally green way to produce power.



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