Solar Schools

Reducing the average annual electricity bill for regional schools and reducing emissions


Energy costs can take up a large part of a school’s operating budget, so Horizon Power partnered with the Department of Education to install rooftop solar on schools across regional WA. The solar systems will not only reduce green house gas emissions, but selected schools will also slash their annual energy expenditure by approximately 23%

The project is being delivered as part of Horizon Power’s $75 million Renew the Regions program, a WA Recovery Plan initiative aimed at creating jobs and improving services in the regions.

More regional schools to benefit from solar

Stage one of the Solar Schools initiative commenced in 2020 and successfully delivered rooftop solar systems to 30 schools across regional WA.

Due to its success, the program was expanded to a further 28 schools across Western Australia’s northwest regions, with an additional $4.6 million investment as a part of the State Government’s $45 million Schools Clean Energy Technology Fund. 

Stage two of the Solar Schools initiative is due to be completed by mid-2023.

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Keeping it local

Our community first approach ensures regional energy infrastructure upgrades stimulate the local economy through jobs and procurement opportunities.

Our contractor helps us employ regionally based personnel, which includes a commitment to Aboriginal employment and new indigenous trainee jobs created to deliver the Solar Schools Program.

Bright Horizons

We’re also working with the Department of Education and individual schools to provide a solar system monitoring solution and an education package so students can learn more about energy.

Our Bright Horizons learning program helps students foster an interest and understanding of renewable energy — something that will power the lives of our communities more and more.

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What does this mean for our community?

Our Solar Schools program will reduce the schools’ power bills

and their greenhouse gas emissions by more than 2,000 tonnes each year the equivalent of taking around 400 cars off the road.

Stephanie Unwin

Chief Executive Officer

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