These guidelines are designed to ensure schools implement solar and wind energy systems correctly.

In summary:

  • Schools are permitted to install solar and wind energy systems.
  • Before installing a solar or wind energy system to the value of more than $50,000 (including GST), schools must comply with the Department’s School-funded Capital Projects Policy.
  • All renewable energy systems must be purchased up-front.
  • Schools must ensure solar and wind energy systems are installed to the appropriate standard by a qualified provider using relevant accredited installers and approved components where applicable.
  • Maintenance of the solar power system must be conducted by a Clean Energy Council accredited installerExternal Link to ensure compliance and safety standards are met.
  • Before installing a wind energy system, schools must check with their local council to see:
    • if they need a building permit
    • that the proposed system complies with relevant planning scheme requirements.
Guidance chapter summarising the responsibilities of schools when implementing solar and wind energy systems

Reviewed 25 June 2021

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