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School goes solar as it sets example

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Dunsborough Primary School Parents and Citizens president Jemilah Wright, Bendigo Bank Busselton branch president Luke Pearce, DPS board chair Michael Baldock and photographer Christian Fletcher show off the print that will help raise money for the school's new soalr panels.
Camera IconDunsborough Primary School Parents and Citizens president Jemilah Wright, Bendigo Bank Busselton branch president Luke Pearce, DPS board chair Michael Baldock and photographer Christian Fletcher show off the print that will help raise money for the school's new soalr panels. Credit: Sarah Ison/Picture: Sarah Ison, Sarah Ison Busselton Dunsborough Times

Dunsborough Primary School will soon generate about 30 per cent of its energy from renewables after a new suite of solar panels is installed later this year, thanks to local sponsorship and fundraising.

About 100 panels will be fitted to the roof of a main school building in Term 3 this year in a bid to save the school money and set precedent for the wider community.

“We just asked ourselves what we could do to save the school money and spend it on education, not electricity,” school board chairman Michael Baldock said. “So we thought, let’s cover our most prominent roof with solar panels ... and show the school and community how we can better use renewables.”

Mr Baldock said the program was made achievable by Bendigo Bank, which contributed $20,000, and through ongoing fundraising by photographer Christian Fletcher.

Mr Fletcher will sell 100 limited- edition prints, capturing the raw natural beauty of the Capes coast, in an aim to raise an additional $15,000 for the project.

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Bendigo Bank branch manager Luke Pearce said the bank had never been involved in a project of this kind, and would take the program as a “blueprint” to use for other schools and organisations in the future.

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