In Australian first, two schools powered solely by green energy

Two schools' classrooms in NSW will be powered solely by renewable energy, taking them off the grid and teaching students about sustainability.

The Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) and federal government are providing $370,000 in funding to St Christopher’s Catholic Primary School in Holsworthy and Dapto High School to trial a 100 per cent renewable power and smart technology program in their new classrooms.

Known as the Hivve, the modular classrooms – which are fully air-conditioned – integrate solar photovoltaic panels and real-time energy and air quality monitoring to generate energy and control their ow