Scotch College installs one of the largest school solar roof systems in Australia

Birds eye view of Scotch College’s installation of solar powered energy.
Birds eye view of Scotch College’s installation of solar powered energy.
Birds eye view of Scotch College’s installation of solar powered energy. Birds eye view of Scotch College’s installation of solar powered energy.

SCOTCH College Perth will aim to save $235,000 a year in energy costs after installing one of the largest solar roof mounted systems at an Australian school.

The school was using about 1,650,000kW of electricity each year which was enough energy to power 250 typical homes.

The 1,280 solar panel installation, which will generate 512kW of rooftop solar, was managed by Australian energy services business Verdia.

Verdia chief executive Paul Peters said the rooftop solar system had been installed across multiple buildings within the senior, junior, middle school and maintenance areas.

“It’s cheaper and cleaner than grid power and is a working example to students of a 21st century distributed power system,” he said.

Scotch College Director of Service and Citizenship David Kyle said the College opted to create solar energy for both environmental and financial reasons.

“One of our core values is Stewardship and we are focused on ensuring we uphold our obligations regarding living sustainably and maintaining a healthy environment for future generations,” he said.

“Economically, it is forecast that the project will save $4 million over the life of the assets and pay for itself in just under five years.”

The conversion to solar will help students, teacher and the school community reduce energy costs by 26 per cent.

The renewable energy program will pay for itself in under five years and will save the school $4 million in reduced energy costs.