The final round of grants under the National Solar Schools Program has been announced, resulting in  nearly 60% of primary and secondary schools across Australia now having received more than $217 million to install renewable energy, rainwater tanks and boost energy efficiency on campus.


Federal Parliamentary Secretary for Climate Change and Energy Efficiency, Mark Dreyfus, visited Earnshaw State College in Banyo, Queensland, to announce the final grants.


"In Queensland alone, more than 1,330 schools have shared close to $43 million in grant funding from the Federal Government to put in place 'energy smart' improvements while teaching students about consumption, conservation and different forms of energy generation," said Mr Dreyfus.


Earnshaw State College will use its $25,000 grant to install a new 6.5 kW solar power system and extend its existing solar system by a further 2 kW to improve energy efficiency and cut the school's energy bills.


"A web-based metering system will allow students to see the amount of electricity generated from the solar panels and monitor energy consumption. The school will incorporate the data into its classes including maths, science and society and environment studies," said Mr Dreyfus.


Mr Dreyfus said the National Solar Schools Program allows students, teachers and parents to learn from and enjoy the benefits first-hand.


Applications were assessed using merit-based criteria, with schools demonstrating value for money, as well as environmental and educational benefits. Schools applying from remote or low socio-economic areas received additional weighting.


The 2012-13 funding round was the final opportunity for schools to apply for an NSSP grant. Further information about the National Solar Schools Program, including a list of successful grant recipients, is available at