In 2019, students at Tarremah Steiner School in Tasmania researched the possibility of converting their school’s energy source to solar power. The students found that there would be significant long-term financial gains from doing so, as well as future-proofing the school for possible changes in other related areas, and reducing their environmental impact. They lobbied for and won the school’s approval, and with the help of a few parents and teachers, the students turned their dream into reality. The student sustainability group, the Susteinerbles, secured an interest-free loan of $70,000 from not-for-profit renewable energy fund, CORENA, for the solar conversion. The system was installed in July 2020, and delivers 100KW of power. It is expected to provide 83% of the school’s current power needs. Its installation has dramatically reduced the school’s expenditure, and once the loan is repaid, the money saved on electricity bills can be spent on improvements for the student’s education. The students are campaigning to pay the loan off as quickly as possible, but their campaign is about more than merely paying off the loan: it’s about engaging the community. The students initiated this project, and it was their questions and their research that led to this outstanding result. Now they urge the whole school community to share their success by contributing financially to the project, and supporting them and the environment in this way. You can donate here: https://chuffed.org/project/tarremah-solar-project

Nov 2020