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World Environment Day June 5
Mercedes College has harnessed the
power of the sun to reduce its carbon
footprint through a major contract with
The Catholic college in Springfield recently
switched its power supply over to 288
solar panels to generate about 12 per cent
of the school’s electricity each year.
The system will be at its most efficient
in the middle of February when its peak
generation capacity is as much as 15 per
cent of the College’s needs, right at the
time when it requires it most to run air-
conditioning systems on hot afternoons.
The Power Purchase Agreement with
Tindo Power to install the 72 kW Solar
System was the first agreement of its size
between a school and the SA-owned solar
“We are passionate about ecological
sustainability and want to be a leader in
actively minimising our carbon footprint,”
said Mercedes College principal Peter
“We believe that it is possible to be
environmentally sustainable, socially
responsible and financially prudent
while offering our students educational
opportunities in relation to learning about
renewable energy sources,” he said.
Mr Daw said the power purchase
agreement with Tindo added to the
college’s previous major water retention
project developed in 2009. Mercedes is
also rolling out a plan to replace all lights
with long-life LED globes throughout the
College to reduce energy consumption and
“We are very proud to partner with
Mercedes College and congratulate them
for their progressive approach to clean
sustainable energy supplies,” said Adrian
Ferraretto, founder of Tindo Solar.
The agreement is delivered using Tindo
Solar panels, made at Australia’s only solar
panel manufacturing facility at Mawson
“Tindo’s Power Purchase Agreement
business was launched in July 2014 with
the backing of the Clean Energy Finance
Corporation and to date Tindo Power has
customers in the education, hospitality,
manufacturing and leisure sectors across
Australia,” Mr Ferraretto said.
“We believe this new way of delivering
solar power will allow many more
Australian homes and businesses to adopt
renewable energy which in turn will support
Australian jobs and our environment.”
Blackfriars Priory School students are
hoping to turn a rocky garden bed into a
flourishing piece of land sprouting edible
indigenous plants as part of an ongoing
school-wide conversion to ecological
The all-boys school of 1000 students is
developing the “sacred garden” at their
Prospect campus this year as more and
more Catholic schools across the State
embrace the environmental focus of the
Church’s past three Popes.
The garden will include vegetables, fruit
trees and indigenous plants. The school’s
Indigenous Focus Group last month began
selecting the indigenous plants and trees
that could be included.
Meanwhile Year 12 students will play an
integral part in the design and construction
of the project as part of the Religious
Blackfriars Living Catholic key teacher
Oreste Farrugia said established rose
gardens at the school would make way for
the new scared space, giving students a
hands-on education in environmental care
“Students will learn that we are all
connected now and forever to God’s
creation,” said Mr Farrugia.
“The garden will combine our call
to be ‘stewards of creation’ with the
permaculture principles of caring for
people, caring for the earth and sharing
the surplus,” he said.
Mr Farrugia said students from the
early learning centre through to Year 12,
parents, old scholars and staff would be
involved in preparing the garden beds,
planting, harvesting and cooking.
He said harvested produce would be
donated or sold, with generated funds
returned to sustain the project. He said
students could also use the garden’s
produce to prepare soup for those in need.
The garden’s first vegetables are expected
Earlier this year, Blackfriars joined the
Ecological Conversion: Faith in Action
Inquiry Project and Network – an
initiative of the Catholic Education Office
to encourage and support ecological
program and activities. More than 20
primary and secondary Catholic schools
are part of the network.
SACRED CONNECTION: (L-R) Blackfrairs Priory School students
Vinnie Lazzaro and Haymish Smith, with Living Catholic key teacher
Oreste Farrugia, will help design the edible indigenous component of
the school’s new sacred garden.
Blackfriars Priory is turning green
CLEAN POWER: (L-R) Mercedes College students Sophie Smith and Alexander
Diamond are learning first-hand about renewable energy sources through the
school’s purchase of 288 solar panels.
Mercedes takes a shine to solar energy
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