Logan MP Linus Power says solar panel installation at Park Ridge State School and Park Ridge State High School will boost economy

Economy boost: Logan MP Linus Power has welcomed solar power installations at Park Ridge schools.
Economy boost: Logan MP Linus Power has welcomed solar power installations at Park Ridge schools.

Logan MP Linus Power has welcomed the fast-tracking of solar installations at the two local schools as part of the Advancing Clean Energy Schools program.

Park Ridge State High and Park Ridge State School will now be getting their solar panels progressed this financial year.

Mr Power said that continuing work like installing the solar panels was crucial to the state's economic recovery.

"We are bringing forward this local work to provide a valuable boost to the economy and support local tradies," he said.

"Bringing the funding forward provides double benefits in protecting jobs and also reducing the energy costs for our schools so that they can spend more of their money directly supporting our kids' learning."

"State schools spend more than $70 million each year on their energy bills and I'm pleased that this program is already delivering savings."

The government said the ACES program was expected to deliver a reduction in state school energy costs of up to 20 per cent when fully implemented.

The ACES program is being delivered over three phases, with the initial 210 state schools announced to benefit from the program in phase one nearing completion.

On May 21, the government announced that solar installations at 80 state schools initially scheduled to be delivered as part of future stages of the program, will now be progressed this financial year.

Solar power will be installed at more than 800 schools.

The expanded ACES Program will deliver a further 26MW of solar photovoltaic systems to assist in offsetting the additional energy needs of air conditioners installed across Queensland's state schools.

In February, the government announced 80,000 school rooftop solar panels would be installed to meet running costs of cooling the schools.

"An extra 80,000 solar panels will generate around 26 MW of additional energy to support our drive for cooler classrooms," education minister Grace Grace said.

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said she wanted to make it easier for the kids.

"We want our schools to be places where children can learn in comfortable environments," Ms Palaszczuk said.

"Cooler schools, better grades, brighter futures - that's what we're all about."

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