Subsidy offer boosts energy education opportunities for 250 Australian schools

Our partner Solar Schools is publicly inviting applications for data-driven ‘Energy Starter Packs’ under ARENA-backed national project led by Wattwatchers Digital Energy

Schools around Australia can apply for grant-subsidised ‘Energy Starter Packs’ as part of the My Energy Marketplace (MEM) project.

Through the MEM, over three years Wattwatchers will deploy smart energy management solutions to 5000-plus homes, small businesses and schools Australia-wide.

Our energy-and-education partner Solar Schools has now launched its website landing page for the special offer to schools.

The MEM school deployments, which are limited to 250 sites, will be rolled out over the next 12-18 months

Solar Schools’ webpage details the opportunity to get $2000 off the cost of installing real-time energy monitoring equipment and services worth in excess of $3000, a package that is designed to kickstart an educational energy data journey for schools, their students and their wider school communities.

The data-focused Energy Starter Pack – which requires a school co-contribution of $1097 ex GST for three years of the service, on top of the subsidy – covers the basics for a school to get started on this journey:

  • Two Wattwatchers energy meters (3 x 60 amp and 3 x 600 amp CT clamps)

  • Installation subsidy of up to $700

  • Data Ownership (agreement to share is part of the T&Cs)

  • School energy profile

  • Display board readiness

  • Energy Starter teaching resources

Schools also have an option to upgrade from the base-level ‘Energy Starter Pack’ to a premium service provided by Solar Schools, the ‘Energy Hero Program’, which requires an increased school co-contribution of $4995 ex GST for three years of the service.

The ‘Energy Hero Program’ includes the grant subsidy and all items in the ‘Energy Starter Pack’, plus a number of additional features aimed at boosting the educational experience. These features include:

  • Planet Watch educational app

  • Web widgets

  • Customised display board readiness

  • School energy profile

  • Teacher refresher training

  • API endpoint for direct data access

  • Energy Hero teaching resource suite



COVID-19 impacts

With many pupils around Australia now doing online schooling due to restrictions imposed to fight the COVID-19 global pandemic, using energy data as an integrated learning resource is more relevant than ever.

Even when schools return to usual attendance, once the health crisis is controlled and recedes, it is still anticipated that online learning will play a bigger role in the future than it has in the past.


Established partnership

Wattwatchers and Solar Schools have been working together for several years. Established projects and emerging prospects for which Solar Schools and Wattwatchers are collaborating include:

  • Demonstration deployments to 12+ schools spread across several states in the National Electricity Market (NEM) under a Queensland Government ‘Ignite’ grant in 2018-19

  • School deployments in New Zealand via a top tier energy retailer

  • New international opportunities identified by Solar Schools, a global leader in its field of integrating energy and education, including in North America and Asia

  • Installation of energy monitoring at up to 100 schools in 2019-20 under the Queensland Government’s ongoing Advancing Clean Energy Schools (ACES) program

  • Corporate and community projects



This Project received funding from ARENA as part of ARENA’s Advancing Renewables Program. The views expressed herein are not necessarily the views of the Australian Government, and the Australian Government does not accept responsibility for any information or advice contained herein.