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Broome Senior High School home to the largest solar system of any regional school

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Broome Senior High School head girl Hayley Shadforth, BSHS principal Mathew Burt, Education Minister Tony Buti, BSHS head boy Travis Campbell and BSHS manager corporate services Leanne Wells.
Camera IconBroome Senior High School head girl Hayley Shadforth, BSHS principal Mathew Burt, Education Minister Tony Buti, BSHS head boy Travis Campbell and BSHS manager corporate services Leanne Wells. Credit: Supplied

Broome Senior High School is now home to the largest solar system of any regional school in the State, which is set to save approximately $350,000 per year in electricity costs.

Unveiled Education Minister Tony Buti during a visit to the school on Friday, the $1.3 million project has seen see five roofs at the school covered in panels 499 solar panels and will use 12 inverters to convert the direct current energy to alternating current energy fit for the grid.

The installation includes a solar web tool, which allows for real-time monitoring, enabling students to engage with the technology and link this to their learning in the classroom.

Speaking during his visit to Broome, Minister Buti said the project would be invaluable to STEM areas of the school curriculum.

“The solar panels at Broome Senior High School - the largest solar panel installation at a regional school under the Solar Schools Program - will reduce the school’s carbon emissions and energy costs,” he said.

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“It will also provide further teaching and learning opportunities for students and staff in STEM areas which is exciting.”

Stage two of the Solar Schools Program is currently underway with a further 28 schools in the Kimberley and Pilbara regions receiving solar installations as part of the $44.6 million Schools Clean Energy Technology Fund, and has been delivered by the Department of Education in partnership with Horizon Power.

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