Member for Macedon, Mary-Anne Thomas has announced that applications are now open for Macedon local schools to apply for funding to install solar power systems.

The Victorian Government will install solar panels at government schools, helping them be greener and more environmentally sustainable while reducing electricity costs.

The Greener Government School Buildings program aims to reduce greenhouse gas emissions at schools and to upgrade school facilities to become more energy efficient and sustainable.

A solar power system is 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.

The Greener Government School Buildings program follows the success of a pilot program rolled out across 42 schools in 2019 which generated on a yearly basis more than 1,200 megawatts of electricity, reduced greenhouse gas emissions by more than 1,300 tonnes and saved schools more than $270,000 in electricity bills. Schools can apply for a solar panel system at Applications close on Friday 8 October.