Our Lady gets help from sun

Our Lady Help of Christians Parish School in South Lismore is committed to clean, renewable energy. And is saving itself money.

The school has received a grant under the Federal Government's Solar Schools program to install a huge 21 kilowatt solar panel system.

"It will take a huge burden off our energy costs. We will be looking at savings of between $6000 and $10,000," school principal Daniel Gubby said.

"But there are also ongoing benefits from an educational perspective. It gives students a tangible grasp of what clean energy is about."

Students will be able to do real-time analysis of the school's energy situation. .

"We will use the school server to connect to laptops in the classroom for real time monitoring," Mr Gubby said.

Pepe Clarke from the Nature Conservation Council (NCC) of NSW said projects like this show how easy it is to be more energy efficient.

"With the introduction on July 1 of the Federal Government's price on carbon, projects like this show how the price is intended to work - to encourage people to adopt new, renewable energy technology."

Earlier this month the NCC of NSW held a Clean Energy Forum in Lismore to hear from locals who are leading the way on clean energy.

"Solar is the single greatest opportunity we have," SunWiz solar consultant Warwick Johnston told the forum.

"If you compare the costs of generating solar power on household roofs to the costs of coal-fired power out of the socket, solar is already on par and only going to get cheaper."

The 100% Ready campaign (at 100percentready.org.au) which is supported by the Department of Climate Change and Energy Efficiency, raises awareness of clean energy projects by telling the stories of real people making the transition to clean energy.

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