Chris Whiting MP wants local solar business to tender for work under the $97 million Advancing Clean Energy Schools (ACES), Chris Whiting MP said.
Mr Whiting said that solar panels will start being installed on Queensland state schools over the summer holidays, and he is encouraging local businesses to submit their tender for this unique solar project.
“The Palaszczuk Government has committed over $97 million over the next three years to install solar panels, and other energy saving devices in our state schools,” said Chris Whiting.
“Every single state school in the Bancroft electorate has been selected, with the first stage to start in the summer holidays,” said Chris Whiting.
“The ACES program includes $40 million for new solar systems and $57 million to install other energy efficiency measures, such as LED lighting and timers on hot water systems.
“Queensland’s state schools are one of the largest energy users in Queensland as they spend more than $67 million a year on their energy bills.
“The ACES program will save schools money which they can redirect into learning outcomes for students, air-conditioning and other facilities,” Chris Whiting said.
The Government is calling for tenders to establish a Pre-Qualified Panel of lead contractors to implement the ACES program.
Companies who qualify will be announced during Term 4.
“We know this program will have flow-on effects for the local economy as the contractors we employ will have to maximise local employment opportunities,” said Chris Whiting.
Stage One schools will be named during Term 4, with stages two and three rolling out to remaining schools in 2019 and 2020.
Details of the Invitation to Offer (ITO) are available on the Qtenders website – https://www.hpw.qld.gov.au/qtenders/