Sunskool at ATRAA


Sunskool is exhibiting at this year’s ATRAA conference showcasing real time solar monitoring technology.

Sunskool will be unveiling an improved dashboard, showcasing capabilities for displaying ambient irradiance, air and cell temperatures. Additional displays will allow students and teachers to compare solar energy generation to environment variants such as air temperature. This upgrade puts Sunskool on the National Solar Schools Program DCSVS Approved Components List – giving your solar installation business the competitive edge in the $500 million school market.

As of June 1, 2009 it is mandatory for all schools participating in the NSSP to include an approved DCSVS as part of their PV installation. Sunskool is the world leading DCSVS for the school environment. Developed in Australia by Storm Sustainability in partnership with the global leaders in online PV monitoring, Fat Spaniel Technologies Silicon Valley USA, Sunskool has revolutionised the way renewable energy is visualised and understood in classrooms.

By specifying Sunskool, you will be armed with a key marketing tool and peace of mind that the equipment has been designed and tested for harsh school environments with over 3,000 installations worldwide to date.

The elements that make Sunskool shine:

  1. Sunskool is a web portal that does not rely on the school’s server or PCs to capture and store data.
  2. Real time data allows students to access and instantly view the amount of solar energy currently being generated from the school’s solar system, the current consumption, the resulting greenhouse gas savings, and trends emerging from historical data.
  3. Information is presented in an engaging and interactive format to enhance participation and help make the learning process fun and rewarding.
  4. Sunskool provides an extensive sustainability curriculum that can easily be integrated into the current school curriculum and can be customised to your project site with the addition of text, graphics and photographs.
  5. Students can access and analyse the results of other national and international Sunskool participants and learn how energy generation can vary between different geographic locations and according to seasonal and environmental changes.
  6. Sunskool shines through bringing solar energy to life, ensuring the entire school community is conscious of the critical environmental need to create sustainable solutions.

Visit Sunskool at the Welcome cocktail evening Thursday 30th July or at stand 44 in the exhibition hall.
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Heathmont East Primary School warms to solar energy

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HEATHMONT East Primary is among the first schools in Maroondah to harness the power of the sun through a Federal Government program.

The National Solar Schools Program offers schools up to $50,000 to install solar panels in a bid to fight climate change.

Heathmont East secured funding and had 24 panels up and running on June 24. Read more. 

Heathmont East Primary monitor their solar power generation and consumption via Sunskool’s monitoring portal click here to view.

Leader news, 09 Jul 09 @ 07:14am by Shaun Campbell

Sunskool is compliant with NSSP’s mandatory data visualisation and monitoring standards

As part of recent consultation with the renewable energy industry and state education agencies, the data requirements for renewable energy systems funded by the National Solar Schools Program (NSSP) have been clarified. These requirements are documented in the Data Collection, Storage and Visualisation System Requirements and Specifications (DCSVS).

The DCSVS have been prepared as a ‘minimum specification’ to meet the NSSP requirements for the collection and storage of schools’ electricity consumption data and renewable energy generation data, as well as the visualisation of this data within schools.

Storm Sustainability is pleased to announce that the Sunskool solar in schools monitoring system has received approval for six key DCSVS components. All NSSP claims made by schools after June1 2009 must include approved components to be valid. To view the Sunskool system live go to

Sunskool dashboard

Mini Diesel – Australia’s most fuel efficient car

A subsidiaryof the BMW Group Australia, Mini were sponsors of Storm Sustainability’s NSSP Tasmania campaign launch. 

Mini provided three vehicles: the Mini Clubman, Mini Cabrio and the new Mini Diesel. The Mini Diesel has just been released in Australia and with a CO2 figure of 104g/km it rival’s the Toyota Prius hybrid and the Fourtwo from Mercedes as Australia’s greenest car.

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Olympian launches environmental initiative

Storm Sustainability launched their National Solar Schools Program Tasmanian campaign by hosting an information evening for local schools. Held at the recently-opened Launceston Aquatic Centre, the event was attended by local school teachers and principals who share a common understanding about the importance of environmental awaremness in their school community.

The following special guest speakers relayed insightful and inspiring messages about their active roles as leaders in the community, schools and business:

Rosemary Armitage – Deputy Lord Mayor, Launceston

Rob Banfield – President, Tasmanian Principals Association

Andrew Barr – Principal, Scotch Oakburn College Launceston

Jerry Gross – CEO Storm Sustainability

Ian Thorpe OAM

David Jones OAM, FCA – National Coordinator 100 year water grants project, Scouts Australia

The Examiner May 27th

Thorpe gets kick out of acquatic centre
Olympian launches environmental initiative

Thorpe backs solar schools program

Ian Thorpe made an appearance at the Launceston Aquatic Centre to film an advertisement for Storm Sustainability.

Thorpe is talking to Tasmanian schools about the benefits available under the National Solar Schools Program and in particular, Storm Sustainability’s Sunskool monitoring portal – which is a complimentary product for all of their customers. ‘…it means students, teachers and the community can log on in real time and monitor how much energy the school is generating. It enables a real understanding rather than just facts and figures.’ says Thorpe.

The Examiner May 28th

TheExaminer_May28th  Thorpe teaching kids about Sunskool

  Thorpe at Launceston Aquatic Centre

Sunskool lesson

Making waves with a green tinge

Ian Thorpe is passionate about the environment and has chosen to work with Storm Sustainability to deliver his  messages about renewable energy, rainwater harvesting and monitoring to the school community in Australia.

Thorpe is travelling throughout Tasmania with Storm Sustainability to educate schools about the National Solar Schools Program. He was one of several speakers at a recently-held information evening for school principals at the Henry Jones Art Hotel, Hobart. 

‘It is about providing sustainable, renewable energies and using government grants to do that.’ Thorpe adds.

The Mercury May 28th