Advancing Clean Energy Schools Program Page ContentThe Advancing Clean Energy Schools (ACES) Program is a $97 million investment to reduce energy costs across state schools through solar and energy efficiency measures.As one of the Queensland Government’s largest energy consumers, state schools spend more than $71 million each year on energy. While the majority of Queensland's 1,241 state schools already offset energy costs with small solar photovoltaic (PV) systems and other energy efficiency strategies, more can be achieved as a result of recent developments in new technologies.More than 800 of Queensland’s 1,241 state schools from across the Department of Education’s 7 regions are being assessed to identify where energy costs can be reduced through solar and energy efficiency measures. These measures may include LED lighting, timers on hot water systems and additional solar systems.The program will be implemented across 3 phases. Phase 1 is progressing during 2019–20 and phases 2 and 3 will progress during 2020–21 and 2021–22 respectively. The selection of state schools for inclusion in the program is based on a range of factors, including the potential for a return on investment, current levels of energy use, student numbers and site conditions.Savings realised through the reduction of energy costs will be used to help support full implementation of the program, in a similar program of solar and energy efficiency measures across the remaining Queensland state schools, as well as other education priorities.The Queensland Government is committed to a clean energy future and the ACES program is one strategy that will help achieve the state’s 50 per cent renewable energy target by 2030.