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Media Release
The Hon Dr Sharman Stone
Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for the Environment and Heritage
Federal Member for Murray

12 September 2001

Campbell High School to be Powered by the Sun


We all now know that there is human induced climate change. That is why the Federal Government is investing in new ways to meet our domestic and international commitments to reduce greenhouse gas emissions that are literally changing the weather.

A local Canberra High School is the latest recipient of a grant from the Federal Government's $31m Photovoltaic Rebate Program, that will replace coal generated electricity with solar energy. The $10,000 rebate will not only fund a 'solar cell array', but will support a range of educational activities at the high school.

Dr Sharman Stone, Parliamentary Secretary for the Environment and Heritage was on hand today to officially launch the project and talk to the high school students about the significance of the new addition to the roof of the assembly hall.

"Not only is Campbell High School contributing to the greenhouse effort by connecting their 21 solar panels into the local electricity grid, but they are also using the solar array in their wider curriculum", Sharman Stone said.

"The new clean and green electricity generator will become part of the learning experience at the school and the community will also be able to track the performance of the solar array's electricity production over the Internet".

"The $10,000 grant awarded to Campbell High School is part of the Federal Government's greenhouse program which has funded 3,000 solar panel alternatives for households and community buildings across Australia", Sharman Stone said.

"Campbell High School was the first successful community building to have photovoltaic cells funded in the ACT and also attracted the maximum rebate because of the school's commitment to incorporating the new energy source into their teaching program".

"Electricity generated by the solar cell array will be fed into the ACT electricity grid when demand is low, like during school holidays making sure that the sun's rays power not just the local high school but the whole Canberra region".

Pictures of the solar cell array at Campbell High School can be downloaded at:
http://www.campbellhs.act.edu.au/whats_new/index.htm

Contact:
Simon Frost 0419 495 468

September 12th 2001

Commonwealth of Australia