Hon Bill Johnston MLA

Hon Bill Johnston MLA

Minister for Mines and Petroleum; Energy; Corrective Services; Industrial Relations

    Lead contractor appointed for solar schools program

    5/11/2020 11:25 AM
    • Mechanical Project Services appointed lead contractor for installation of rooftop solar
    • Solar Schools Program to benefit 30 regional public schools and create 12 jobs
    • Horizon Power's program to reduce schools' energy costs and carbon emissions  

    Horizon Power has engaged local company, Mechanical Project Services (MPS) to install rooftop solar systems on around 30 regional public schools.


    The State Government's $5 million Solar Schools program will give rooftop solar systems, ranging from five to 200 kilowatts, to schools across the Kimberley, Pilbara, Gascoyne and the Goldfields-Esperance regions.    


    The Solar Schools program will collectively save the schools $1.7 million a year in electricity costs.


    Plans are underway for the first rooftop solar system to be installed by the end of the year.


    MPS will create 12 ongoing jobs across regional Western Australia during the 12-18 month construction period, including two recently appointed Aboriginal electrical apprentices.  


    Horizon Power is delivering the Solar Schools program in partnership with the Department of Education.


    Comments attributed to Energy Minister Bill Johnston:


    "I'm very pleased to see the Solar Schools program progress with the appointment of this key contractor.


    "MPS has considerable experience delivering quality renewable energy systems in remote locations throughout WA.


    "The Solar Schools program will deliver significant benefits to our regional public schools, providing energy at a lower cost.


    "This program is another important piece of the McGowan Government's transition towards a low carbon future and its commitment for a renewable energy future."


    Minister's office - 6552 6700