Renewable energy to power three Geraldton schools

Posted on February 18, 2021
  • Virtual power plants to be installed at three Geraldton 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 Geraldton public schools, as part of the $44.6 million Schools Clean Energy Technology package.

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

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

The Geraldton area has an abundance of available renewable energy due to the proximity of wind farms and other renewable energy projects.

The addition of batteries to schools in Geraldton can soak up some of the abundant renewable energy at the North Country end of the grid. This can reduce the need for system stabilising technologies in the area.

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.

Comments attributed to Premier Mark McGowan:

“A re-elected McGowan Labor Government will continue to improve the Geraldton 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 Geraldton Lara Dalton:

“This is fantastic news for Geraldton schools. The virtual power plants will improve sustainability and also help to bring down power costs, which we know can create challenges for schools.

“It will also help to teach kids about the importance of increasing our energy efficiency and working towards a clean energy future.”