Schools embrace solar technology

Last updated 13:58 16/05/2014

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Ten Wellington schools are walking on sunshine after signing up to a new solar-power programme.

Nine primary and one intermediate school will have a solar-power system installed next month in a joint venture between Wellington City Council and Genesis Energy.

The council is paying $144,000 for the work, and Genesis is matching the funds and providing some education support.

Wellington Mayor Celia Wade-Brown said the demand for the programme showed enthusiasm in the community for renewable energy.

"This new generation faces significant climate-change effects so it's important to give our children a sense of hope with more renewable energy," she said.

The Wellington schools will be 10 of 66 around the country to have had solar panels installed as part of the Schoolgen programme.

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- The Dominion Post

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