Clean, Green Power at Ascham
Three years ago, Ascham became the first school in NSW to enter into a 10-year energy deal, a Corporate Renewables Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) with wholesale electricity retailer Flow Power. Under this deal we source 90% of our energy from renewable energy sources—namely from a solar farm and a wind farm in regional NSW—with the end goal of securing a sustainable future for our School community.
At the time, our Head of School Andrew Powell said, ‘We wanted to look more holistically at where we were getting our energy from. Because ‘Sustaining Our Future’ is one of our Strategic Plan pillars, and we have an ambitious Masterplan that must consider the environment, we were looking for opportunities in the renewables sphere. Ascham has a very strong connection to regional NSW, namely due to 130 years of boarders living at School and their families being very much a part of our community. So when Flow Power came to us with a proposal for sourcing energy from regional NSW, we were excited by the idea. It resonated very strongly with us and what we stand for.’
Three years on and not only are we using clean power, but our energy usage has become a teaching tool as well (as can be seen in the photo showing students with Dr Gilchrist in a Science class). Flow Power gives the School real-time statistics about its electricity usage, so students in Maths and Sciences classes can learn how and when power is used.
‘The girls are really looking at what we’re doing around our electricity consumption, around waste and around being able to recycle as much as we possibly can,’ said Mr Powell.
Recently, Ascham featured in a City of Sydney article about communities that are negotiating ground-breaking power agreements. You can read the whole article here.