MAKING WERRIBEE GOVERNMENT SCHOOLS ENERGY EFFICIENT
Four Werribee schools are becoming greener and more environmentally sustainable while reducing their
electricity costs, thanks to the Andrews Labor Government’s Greener Government School Buildings
Member for Werribee Tim Pallas today visited Wyndham Vale Primary School to mark the installation of the
school’s new 65.6KW solar power system, which will reduce carbon dioxide emissions by over 90 tonnes
Solar power systems like these are a strategic investment that can pay for itself over several years. This
program will remove the upfront costs of installing a system that may otherwise discourage schools from
pursuing this option, and will save Victorian schools over $1.8 million on energy per year.
Wyndham Vale Primary School is among 171 government schools across Victoria receiving solar power
systems under the Greener Government School Buildings program.
Riverwalk Primary School, Wyndham Central Secondary College, Wyndham Park Primary School and
Wyndham Vale Primary School are all benefitting from more than $330,000 of combined Greener
Government School Buildings funding – keeping almost 350 tonnes of Carbon Dioxide from the
atmosphere every year.
The $8.8 million program aims to reduce greenhouse gas emissions at schools and save them money by
installing solar power systems. The program will contribute to the Labor Government’s goal of net zero
emissions by 2050.
The Greener Government School Buildings program is established from the success of the pilot program
rolled out across 42 schools in 2019.
The solar power systems installed as part of the 2020-21 Greener Government School Buildings program
are expected to see 6,974 kW of solar installed, with an estimated saving of 10,200 tonnes of carbon
By June 2022, in total the program is expected to see 8,200 kW of solar installed, with an estimated saving
of $2 million per year and 11,500 tonnes of carbon emissions abated.
In the past five years, the Labor Government has invested more than $9 billion in more than 1,600 school
upgrades – creating more than 10,000 construction jobs.
The Government is now ahead of schedule its commitment to open 100 new schools by 2026, with 48 new
schools opening between 2019 and 2022.
Quotes attributable to Minister for Education James Merlino
“We’re taking action to make these schools more sustainable and more energy efficient, so we can all do our bit for the environment.”
“Not only will the environment benefit from this program, installing solar panel systems will help reduce power bills for our schools.”
Quote attributable to the Member for Werribee Tim Pallas
“This is a project that will make a big difference for our schools. It will cut emissions while at the same time cutting costs and that is good news for everyone.”