Solar Energy to Power More Schools

1 October 2013

We’re partnering with Genesis Energy to co-fund the installation of solar panels in 16 Wellington primary and intermediate schools over the next three years.

Students.

Students show off their solar projects

The recently signed agreement is part of the Council’s Smart Energy Capital initiative, which co-funds projects that reduce energy use and increase renewable generation, and Genesis Energy’s Schoolgen programme.

As well as installing solar panels at selected schools around New Zealand, Schoolgen also provides educational resources for teachers and students. This enables schools to generate some of their electricity from the sun, and students learn about electricity generation, energy efficiency, renewable energy and climate change.

Zach Rissel, a senior policy advisor at the Council, says the agreement shows our commitment to working closely with businesses and schools and reinforces Wellington’s reputation as a smart city.

“We’re matching Genesis Energy’s funding dollar-for-dollar in this $288,000 project.

We can help schools reduce their costs and encourage more communities to take up solar power.”

Genesis Energy Environmental Educator Maggie Twaddle says they are keen to support schools in bringing solar energy to life.

“By providing curriculum resources, we’re helping to build the next generation’s understanding of energy and energy efficiency,” says Maggie.