Tenders are now open for solar panel installation and other work under the Queensland Government’s $97 million Advancing Clean Energy Schools program.
Education Minister Grace Grace said the ACES program would help more than 800 Queensland state schools to reduce energy costs.
The $97 million investment over three years would include $40 million for new solar systems and $57 million to install energy efficiency measures such as LED lighting and timers on hot water systems, she said.
Ms Grace said the ACES program would be rolled-out in three stages, with the first phase to start in the summer holidays in up to 210 state schools across Queensland.
Pre-qualified panel being set up
“Right now we’re calling for tenders to establish a pre-qualified panel of lead contractors to implement the ACES program and companies qualifying for this panel will be announced during Term 4,” she said.
“The ACES program is to be delivered under a partnership model with the lead contractors who will design, supply, install, operate and maintain solar and energy solutions across participating state schools.
“We know this program will have flow-on effects for local economies as the contractors we employ will maximise local employment opportunities.
“This project will support quality jobs and increase opportunities for apprentices and trainees as well as Indigenous employment and supplier participation.”
Details of the Invitation to Offer (ITO) are available on the Qtenders website: https://www.hpw.qld.gov.au/qtenders/