NSW school pioneers with corporate PPA

Ascham has become one of the first New South Wales schools to sign onto a Corporate Renewable Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) with business energy retailer Flow Power.

Under Flow Power’s PPA, Ascham School aims to be powered by more than 90 per cent renewable energy. The NSW school will be powered by a combination of wind and solar power at 30-minute intervals, allowing Ascham to control and optimise its use of renewable power.

Ascham’s School business manager Candice Heapes said late last year the school accepted a higher energy retail prices when its three-year agreement ended.

“This, along with our growing focus on sustainability as part of our strategic plan, spurred us on to look at alternative options and sources of energy. At Ascham, the whole school is committed to sustainable actions, so drawing energy from wind and solar farms is a terrific step in greening our future,” she said.

Flow Power’s PPA agreement will help Ascham achieve its sustainability targets, contribute to lower carbon energy, and reduce overall emissions, as well as offsetting grid electricity consumption.

Flow Power managing director Matthew van der Linden said the company is thrilled to welcome Ascham School as a customer and applaud their leadership in taking on an agreement of this kind.

“The education sector is uniquely placed to benefit from corporate renewable PPAs, due to the longevity of its schools and of the PPAs themselves. We look forward to collaborating with Ascham School throughout the duration of this agreement to deliver an energy solution that evolves to fit the school’s needs,” he said.

Flow Power introduced its corporate renewable PPAs to the Australian market in 2017.