Renewable energy to power three Kalgoorlie schools

Posted on February 19, 2021
  • Virtual power plants to be installed at three Kalgoorlie public schools under re-elected McGowan Labor Government
  • Part of $44.6 million Schools Clean Energy Technology package
  • Virtual power plants stabilise local energy network and bring down power costs

A re-elected McGowan Labor Government will install virtual power plants in three Kalgoorlie public schools, as part of the $44.6 million Schools Clean Energy Technology package.

The virtual power plants use a combination of solar and batteries to help deliver more sustainable power to the schools. The Goldfields region is at the end of the energy grid, meaning it can be impacted by network limitations.

The virtual plants will not only bring down costs for the schools but will also help stabilise the energy network.

The Kalgoorlie region has an abundance of sunlight to generate solar energy, which will help power schools during the day and store energy for use during non-generating periods. This can reduce the need for system stabilising technologies in the area.

Additional energy can also be re-injected into the grid to help provide more energy to the Goldfields.

A re-elected McGowan Labor Government will undertake assessments to determine the schools that are most appropriate and would benefit most from the installation of a virtual power plant.

Last year the McGowan Government established Western Australia’s first virtual power plant in a school at Kalgoorlie-Boulder Community High School.

This new project will expand the McGowan Government’s work in this space to three more schools – ensuring a more sustainable electricity network while educating the region’s young people about our energy future.

Comments attributed to Premier Mark McGowan:

“A re-elected McGowan Labor Government will continue to improve the Goldfields region’s renewable energy footprint.

“This is another important component of the State’s transition towards a low carbon future.

“Over the past few years, we have invested in renewable technologies in WA schools such as rooftop solar, and we will continue to roll these out at schools across the State, if re-elected.”

Comments attributed to WA Labor Candidate for Kalgoorlie Ali Kent:

“This is an incredible opportunity for Kalgoorlie – for the benefits it will bring the town in terms of renewables and what it will teach students about the science of energy generation and the importance of energy efficiency.

“It will improve efficiency and help bring down power costs for schools and help the wider grid in Kalgoorlie and beyond.

“Kalgoorlie is blessed with abundant sunlight to generate renewable energy and this project presents an incredible opportunity to advance WA’s progress in the transition to renewables, bringing along local schools and students on the journey.”