The Department of Education has announced that the largest rooftop solar powered system under the Solar Schools Program for regional and remote schools has been installed at Broome Senior High School.
The system consists of 499 solar panels estimated to save the school approximately $350,000 in electricity costs each year.
In a statement, the Department said the installation includes a solar web tool, which allows for real-time monitoring. This will enable students to engage with the technology and link this to their learning in the classroom.
“Stage Two of the Solar Schools Program is currently under way with a further 28 schools in the Kimberley and Pilbara regions receiving solar installations,” the Department said.
“The successful program is delivered through a partnership between the Department and Horizon Power.”
Minister for Education, Tony Buti said the solar panel installation would not only reduce the school’s carbon emissions and energy costs, it would also provide further teaching and learning opportunities for students and staff.
He was supported by the Minister for Energy, Bill Johnston who said the partnership between Horizon Power and the Department of Education was helping to deliver cleaner, greener energy solutions for remote and regional schools.
“As well as reducing energy costs, Solar Schools is contributing towards our State’s transition to a low carbon future,” Mr Johnston said.