|Policy Status||In force|
|Date Effective||1 July 2008|
|Agency||•Department of Climate Change and Energy Efficiency|
|Funding||$258 million from 2008-10 to 2012-13|
|Policy Supersedes||Green Vouchers for Schools|
|Stated Objective||•Climate Change Mitigation
|Policy Sector||•Multi-sectoral Policy|
|Size of Plant Targeted||Small|
|Description||The National Solar Schools Program was announced as part of the Government's "Solar Schools - Solar Homes" 2007 election commitment. The program replaced the Green Vouchers for Schools Program from 1 July 2008.
The National Solar Schools Program seeks to help Australian schools take practical action to tackle climate change by offering grants of up to AUD 50 000 (AUD 100 000 for multi-campus schools) to install eligible items including solar power systems, rainwater tanks and a range of renewable energy and efficiency measures. Schools installing a minimum 2kW solar power system are eligible for a grant of AUD 50 000 for eligible items. If no solar power system, or a system of less that 2kW is installed, a grant of up to AUD 30 000 is available to be spent on eligible items. Schools approved to receive a solar power system under another Australian Government program, such as the Building Education Revolution Program, are eligible for a grant of up to AUD 15 000.
Non-government schools are eligible for a grant if they are in receipt of Australian Government Grants for Recurrent Expenditure under the Schools Assistance Act 2008.
Government schools are eligible for a grant if they are officially recognised by their state or territory government education agency as a school providing primary and/or secondary education.