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Advancing Clean Energy Schools (ACES) Program

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The Department of Education's Advancing Clean Energy Schools (ACES) program is a $97 million investment over three years to reduce energy costs across Queensland state schools through solar and energy efficiency measures.

The Queensland Government is committed to a clean energy future and the ACES program is one strategy that will help contribute to the State's renewable energy targets.

While 1,200 of Queensland's 1,240 state schools already offset energy costs with small solar photovoltaic (PV) systems and other energy efficiency strategies, advice from the energy industry in 2017 confirmed that a portion of state school energy costs could be further reduced through the installation of additional solar systems and energy efficiency systems tailored for individual site conditions.

The ACES program investment will support implementation of initiatives across more than 800 of Queensland's 1,240 state schools over three years. The selection of schools is based on the potential for solar and energy efficiency measures to reduce energy costs and provide an economic return on investment.

The department will retain the energy cost savings to support a similar energy reduction program across the remaining 400 (approximately) Queensland state schools, as well as other education priorities.

The ACES program will be implemented over three years, with phase one expected to commence with up to 30 state schools in each of the department's seven regions during the December/January school holidays. Phases two and three will occur during 2019/20 and 2020/21.

Under the ACES program, schools may receive solar systems and energy efficiency measures, such as LED lighting and timers on hot water systems to promote both energy efficiency and energy savings.

Before any measures are installed in schools, successful contractors will conduct assessments of school sites to determine if solar or energy efficiency solutions can reduce energy costs. The details of what will be required at each school will not be known until site assessments are completed.

On 20 July 2018, the department commenced a procurement process to select lead partners to design, supply, install, operate and maintain solar and energy efficiency measures for the ACES program.

More information about the procurement process can be found at the Queensland Government QTenders website.

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Frequently asked questions

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

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Last updated 20 September 2018