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.