There’s more great news in the push for solar, with the Bundaberg Christian College going live with the largest hybrid solar installation in Australia – the first of its kind in regards to size in any Australian school! The school’s business manager, Evan Keune, has expressed delight with the installation – which is part of a project to create an energy efficient school – and he expects the electricity savings to be substantial. In fact, the school is set to save around $100,000 annually, which is around 80% of their current electricity costs.With 200kW being pumped to a huge bank of batteries by 740 solar panels, this is certainly an ambitious project, yet the cost benefit is evident, which has caused more Australian schools to take notice and consider solar themselves. Mr Keune has said that although the system was a large initial monetary outlay, it will only take around seven years for a return on their investment.Because of the nature of schools – with the majority of power being used during the middle daylight hour, between about 10 am and 2 pm – the solar system will be hugely beneficial and prevent heavy drawing on the grid by energy suckers, like turning on banks of computers and air conditioning systems. The batteries that were installed provide ample power for the school’s night time use, where only a minimal drain exists for things like computer servers and security systems.The Bundaberg Christian College are of course thrilled with their new system; although, the solar installation wasn’t their only feat. They have also replaced all of their old fluorescent lighting – which consisted of about 1,400 fittings – with super energy efficient LED globes. The replaced fluoros have been sent to a Vanuatu school as a donation, which will be particularly valuable to them. The school also relies on a self-sufficient water supply, which they gain through the collection of rainwater for drinking, as well as the recycling of sewerage for lawn and garden maintenance purposes.The best part about this drive towards schools and other organisations converting to solar and other eco-friendly practices is that – with every new installation and project – we as a society are fostering a culture of environmental awareness, which is bound to create a permanent change for the better. With every solar installation – no matter how big or small – we are reducing our reliance on depleted fossil fuels, forcing the electricity companies to consider solar strategies and making our lives just that little bit easier, by saving huge amounts of money on electricity costs.So whether or not you’re planning a solar installation for your own home, next time you’re attending your child’s school’s P&C meeting, why not bring up the suggestion of a solar conversion? It’s your children’s futures you’re talking about, after all!