Becoming Australia’s first carbon neutral state school

Albert Park College

The transition to cleaner forms of energy is a challenge we all face – from big businesses to the local school. But sometimes it’s hard to know where to start, particularly if you’re a community organisation that has to keep a close watch on every dollar.

Albert Park College has set an ambitious target – to become Australia’s first carbon-neutral state school. The school is providing a great example for its students and the community so it’s only right that we support them, too.

Albert Park College is one of Melbourne’s newest secondary schools. It opened in 2011 and today has 1,150 students from years 7 to 12. The school has been an EnergyAustralia solar customer since 2014.

The school’s foundation principal, Steve Cook, has committed Albert Park College to a number of environmental programs and initiatives, part of a broader ambition of it becoming Australia’s first carbon-neutral state school. Works to date include automating controls for lighting, ventilation, heating and cooling, using solar hydronic heating and the treatment of water prior to it entering storm water drains.

EnergyAustralia has designed a solar system which can be bought and installed incrementally, 10kW at a time. This approach suits Albert Park College because it allows the school to progressively work towards its sustainability target as it raises the capital required.

EnergyAustralia is currently monitoring the school’s energy use to determine the additional solar and storage capacity required for carbon neutrality.