St Michael’s Grammar solar power installation




After: 27 x 205 watt solar modules


Sisters Building: 20 X 205 watt solar modules

The installation of the school’s new solar power system on the Sisters Building is now complete. This latest addition to the school’s sustainability portfolio comprises 47 x 205 Watt high efficiency solar panels capable of producing  9.635 kW under peak conditions. The system is forecast to provide an annual average of 38.5 kW hours of energy per day whilst preventing approx 15 tonnes of Greenhouse Gasses  entering the atmosphere annually.

Funding for the complete system was provided in its entirety by the Australian Government’s National Solar in Schools Program in conjunction with the Victorian Government’s Victorian Solar in Schools program.

Coordination of the project has been the work of Melanie Johnson. Her work on this project has spanned over 10 months and involved lengthy communication with Federal and State  government agencies, electricity network operators and others.

Design and installation services were provided by Storm Sustainability. Storm provided an end to end solution ensuring  a sensitive design solution and a  high quality outcome.

A key element of Storm’s system is the ability to capture performance data from the system together with environmental data from instrumentation installed adjacent to the array.

This data is presented graphically  in real-time on a web based educational platform created by Storm called Sunskool.

Sunskool enables teaching staff to take the solar power off the rooftop and into the classroom.  The Sunskool site also contains engaging  animations describing how solar panels work as well as other educational resources.

Another key element of the system is that it also monitors the entire power consumption of the Sisters Building in real-time so we can understand how much energy we are using and look at ways we might improve our use of this resource.

St Michael’s Sunskool dashboard is available on this link:

Complete Excel format data sets are also downloadable via a secure login. These sets will be useful to use in higher level classroom activities once sufficient data is accumulated. The login details may be obtained from Melanie.  If anyone would like a detailed demonstration of the Sunskool portal, this may be provide by Storm Sustainability.

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

Heathmont East 1

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

Public housing a target for demand management

Australia has a 30 litre per day per person challenge. A focus on public housing has achieved great savings.