Solar schools program launches for WA regions

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Education and Training Minister Sue Ellery today launched the Solar Schools Program at Port Hedland Primary School.

The $5 million program, delivered by the Department of Education and Horizon Power, will provide rooftop solar systems to 30 regional public schools throughout Western Australia.

This investment will create approximately 12 new full-time jobs across regional WA, during the 18-month construction period, and facilitate two new Aboriginal electrical apprenticeships.

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The program will reduce the school’s greenhouse gas emissions by more than 2000 tonnes each year–the equivalent of taking around 400 cars off the road.

The initiative is part of the McGowan Government’s $200 million School Maintenance Blitz, announced on September 22, 2019, to address high priority maintenance, minor works and upgrades.

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Education and Training Minister Sue Ellery said, “The Solar Schools program is creating new, practical ways for students and teachers to acquire new skills in STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics) areas such as solar technology.

“The McGowan Government is proud to be delivering on its commitment to improving the maintenance of schools around the State, regardless of their location.”

Energy Minister Bill Johnston added that energy is a significant expense for our schools and this program will allow them to each save 27 per cent on electricity costs–collectively, that’s $1.7 million worth of savings each year.