WA Labor delivering major investment into Goldfields schools

Posted on February 23, 2021
  • Re-elected McGowan Labor Government to deliver major upgrades at schools across the Goldfields
  • Virtual power plants to be installed at three Kalgoorlie public schools
  • Almost $1.5 million for STEM and science classrooms at Kalgoorlie-Boulder Community High School and Kambalda West District High School

A re-elected McGowan Labor Government will deliver a major investment into local schools in the Goldfields, installing virtual power plants and boosting science education in the region.

As part of its $44.6 million Schools Clean Energy Technology package, a McGowan Labor Government will install virtual power plants in three Kalgoorlie public schools, building on the virtual power plant built last year at Kalgoorlie-Boulder Community High School – a first for a WA school.

Under the plan, the State will install battery storage systems and rooftop solar at the three local schools.

The virtual power plants will free up capacity on the grid for industry, bring down power costs at the school and improve network reliability.

The pilot will support WA’s transition to an increasingly decentralised energy system that is customer centric and cost efficient.

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.

The virtual power plants will also help to educate young people about clean energy technology and systems – supporting WA Labor’s commitment to providing STEM education to every students in the State.

WA Labor has pledged $1 million to repurpose an existing space as a new STEM classroom at the Kalgoorlie-Boulder Community High School.

A further $485,000 will be provided to Kambalda West District High School to invest in science resources under a re-elected McGowan Labor Government, which will likely be used to refurbish existing space into a primary science classroom.

Comments attributed to Regional Development Minister Alannah MacTiernan:

“These projects puts the Goldfields front-and-centre of the renewable energy revolution.

“Virtual power plants in schools have flow on benefits for the entire community – freeing up grid capacity to support local industry, reducing the carbon footprint of the city, and helping to educate kids about the energy systems of the 21st century.

Comments attributed to WA Labor Candidate for Kalgoorlie Ali Kent:

“A re-elected McGowan Labor Government will deliver for Goldfields schools.

“A quality STEM education is vitally important to prepare our kids of the jobs of the future.”