Shotover Primary School, due to open next year, will join the
growing list of ''green'' schools in New Zealand.
Associate Education Minister Nikki Kaye said the Government's
building programme for schools was breaking fresh ground by
ensuring new schools met exacting environmental building
''Children are reaping the benefits of learning in classrooms
with plenty of natural light and warmth and featuring
energy-efficient lighting and heating.
''Additionally, schools with energy-efficient lighting and
heating benefit from reduced operating costs and long-term
maintenance costs,'' Ms Kaye said.
The first school to generate as much energy as it used was
Pegasus Bay School, north of Christchurch, which produced
power from solar panels.
The school opened earlier this month, bringing the number of
state schools meeting the Green Star building standard to 14.
The $17 million Shotover Primary School will ultimately
accommodate 650 pupils.