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Chrysalis Montessori


‘ChrySOLARis’ has been a very successful ongoing renewable energy project at Chrysalis Montessori. One of the highlights of the project is the installed solar power system that reduces the School’s fossil fuel-based energy consumption.

Chrysalis is very keen to promote solar energy. The School’s interest began in 2003, when two enthusiastic students worked hard to raise funds and spread awareness about solar power within their school and local community. They won the Future Problem Solving Australasian Finals in Sydney and then headed to the international finals in Kentucky, USA.

Following on from this, the School, in partnership with several community groups and organisations, successfully installed second hand solar panels in December 2005. The solar panels now make a significant contribution to the energy supply of the school, reducing demand on the Western Power grid.

Involved in every step of the process, students even came to school during the holidays to work on the project and participated in the installation of the 32 panels on the school’s roof. An official ‘Switch to Sustainability’ ceremony was held in March 2006.

A student’s model representing the installed photovoltaic system at Chrysalis, just one of many learning activities linked to the ChrySOLARis projec

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