Western Australia’s New Museum To Be Solar Powered

An artist's impression of the new WA Museum in Perth, seen from Francis Street

The design of the new Western Australian Museum has been unveiled – and solar power is among its features.

Brookfield Multiplex was awarded the contract to design and construct the $428 million project, which will be four times the size of the current museum. The development will include 7000sq m of galleries, incorporating a single 1000sq m area to stage special exhibitions.

Efficiency and sustainability will be a key aspect of the development, which will include an innovative energy and thermal solution combining solar power and water heat-exchange systems to support energy savings right across the Perth Cultural Centre.

In addition to energy cost savings, the project will achieve a 30-40 per cent carbon emission reduction. The size of the solar power system and how much it will contribute to the complex’s electricity needs isn’t yet clear.

Recent data from Australia’s Clean Energy Regulator indicates more than 205,596 small scale systems (< 100kW) are installed throughout the state.

The $428.3 million project budget includes construction and design of the new museum, restoration works to the existing heritage buildings, $17.6 million in upgrades to the Harry Butler Research Centre in Welshpool, exhibition and content design and production, and public art.

More than 800,000 visitors are expected to visit the new museum in its opening year

The new museum is on schedule to open in 2020.