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Solar and energy efficiency initiative for Queensland's State Schools

The State Government is committed to a clean energy future for Queensland.

The Department of Education and Training is leading a market sounding process, commencing 3 April 2017, seeking ideas from the energy industry to reduce state school energy costs using solar and energy efficiency measures.

Queensland state schools are among the State Government's largest energy consumers, spending around $57 million each year.

State schools have a long history of implementing energy efficiency measures with over 1,200 out of 1,239 schools already offsetting energy costs with solar PV systems.

With rapid and exciting developments in the way energy is now produced, used and stored, it is time to consult with industry on how Queensland state schools can utilise new and emerging technology to enhance the way energy is managed.

The market sounding will seek industry advice on funding options, technology solutions, procurement approaches and delivery models, with the outcomes of the process informing future investment in school energy efficiency measures.

Those industry organisations who are interested in participating in the market sounding can obtain further information from the QTenders website from 3 April, 2017.

For further information please contact the Principal Facilities Services Officer, Department of Education and Training by email SEMSS.marketsounding@det.qld.gov.au.

Frequently asked questions

Will all Queensland schools get new solar systems and energy efficiency systems?

The Queensland Government is looking at ways to reduce energy costs in state schools. A market sounding will canvas industry advice on elements such as funding options, technology solutions, procurement approaches and delivery models. Results of the market sounding will determine the scope of any future program.

Do all state schools need new solar systems?

The majority of Queensland's state schools already have a solar photo-voltaic (PV) system installed. Since these systems were fitted, the technology costs for solar PV have reduced significantly and so the potential to increase solar provision is being investigated.

When will schools receive new solar and energy efficiency systems?

The scheduling of any installations can only take place once the market sounding process is complete and the scope of any future program is approved. It is expected that the scope will be determined later in 2017 and a procurement process undertaken thereafter.

Who will fund state school solar systems and energy efficiency systems?

How a solar and energy efficiency program could be funded is one component of the market sounding process. The market sounding is seeking ideas from industry as to possible funding options.

What is wrong with the current school solar and energy efficiency systems?

The program being considered is looking at ways to further reduce school energy costs not because of issues with the current installations. There may be instances where age and condition of the existing technologies result in the best option being to replace the old with new technology.

Who will provide state schools with new solar and energy efficiency systems?

The market sounding process will determine potential program elements such as suitable technology solutions and delivery models which will then determine what procurement approach is suitable in order to identify potential suppliers or participants.

Why does the government want to install new solar and energy efficiency systems?

As the Department of Education and Training is one of the Queensland Government's highest energy users, the government is looking to reduce energy consumption and costs in state schools using a combination of solar panels and energy saving measures.

Where can businesses find more information about this initiative?

Industry organisations who are interested in participating in the market sounding can obtain further information from the QTenders website from 3 April, 2017.

When will the government make a decision about installing systems to reduce energy costs?

The initial step is to determine preferred program elements such as funding options, technology solutions and delivery models. Results of the market sounding will determine what procurement approach is required, a possible start date for installations and a timeframe for delivery across the state. A decision regarding the potential program is expected in the second half of 2017.



Examples of solar panels installed on Queensland state schools throughout the state.

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