Goodwood Primary to benefit from new solar panels Fri 13 July 2012 Nick McKim Minister for Education and Skills Goodwood Primary School is set to reap the benefits of new solar panels and energy efficient lighting. The Minister for Education and Skills, Nick McKim, said the school secured the new energy efficiency measures through a $50,000 grant under the Australian Government's National Solar Schools Program. "These solar panels are a great clean, green energy source for this school, and will deliver great long-term benefits," he said. "Not only will these initiatives help reduce the school's energy costs, it will also deliver a reduced carbon footprint, and help students learn about sustainable energy sources and the importance of reducing greenhouse gas emissions. "The community will also benefit, with energy reduction measures taught through the school expected to flow through to students' home lives and result in reduced energy consumption now and into the future." Mr McKim said that Goodwood Primary was running a range of environmental education programs and projects including an organic fruit and vegetable gardening program. "I congratulate the school for securing this grant, and looking forward to the many educational, environmental and social benefits that will arise from their involvement in the National Solar Schools Program," he said. "This exciting program complements existing State Government funding of $1 million over 2012-14 to reduce the carbon footprint of our schools and encourage energy efficiency."