Around 1,500 NSW public schools across the state have already installed 17 megawatts of solar energy systems. These systems are capable of generating enough energy to power 3,000 NSW homes, saving almost 17,000 tonnes of carbon emissions each year.
But energy systems are rapidly transforming. Technology is changing and electricity customers can participate in new energy markets by generating, storing and selling electricity back to the electricity grid.
The Smart Energy Schools Pilot Project will test the most efficient and effective way for schools to take part in this exciting transition.
NSW public schools benefiting from renewable energy technology
Testing solar and battery energy storage technology
Our pilot project will be rolled out in two stages, with schools receiving new or extra solar photovoltaic (PV) and battery energy storage systems.
The first stage of the project is now testing whether solar and battery energy storage systems can help reduce demand on the electricity system associated with air conditioning.
It’s testing whether solar and battery storage can be used to avoid costly upgrades to the electricity grid.
The second stage of the pilot project is testing the use of solar and battery storage systems as part of a Virtual Power Plant (VPP).
Work to install the solar and battery systems has already started and is expected to be complete later this year.
The VPP will include a number of schools from Stage 1 and 2 and will also begin later this year.
An online portal will show how much energy is used, generated and stored at schools and can be used by teachers and students in classroom lessons in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).