Pow­er­ful success at pri­mary school

Fremantle Gazette - - NEWS -

SUCCESS Pri­mary School has joined a hand­ful of WA schools in be­ing cho­sen for a pow­er­ful change which could save them money on power bills.

The pri­mary school is one of 10 that will be part of the State Gov­ern­ment’s Vir­tual Power Plant (VPP) plan to pro­mote sus­tain­able and eco­nom­i­cal en­ergy use.

A VPP is a net­work of dis­trib­uted en­ergy re­sources such as rooftop so­lar pan­els, bat­ter­ies and elec­tric ve­hi­cles that are ‘ag­gre­gated’ and shared with an en­ergy re­tailer to pro­vide a more sus­tain­able power sys­tem.

As part of the plan, the schools in­volved will re­ceive com­mer­cial bat­ter­ies and so­lar pan­els, en­abling them to store ex­cess en­ergy for later use.

Success Pri­mary School prin­ci­pal Kristy Mu­lar­czyk said they were ex­cited to be se­lected for a pro­ject that aligned with their ob­jec­tive to be a sus­tain­able school.

“When the Gov­ern­ment launched the so­lar panel pro­ject about 10 years ago and we were a new school, we jumped in on that and had the so­lar pan­els here al­ready, so it’s some­thing that has been a long-term in­ter­est for us,” she said.

“We try save ev­ery penny so we can in­vest it in im­prov­ing stu­dent out­comes.”

Ms Mu­lar­czyk said the school had al­ready em­braced eco-friendly en­ter­prises.

Success Pri­mary stu­dents Alessan­dra McDon­nell, Liam McDon­nell and Liam Field with prin­ci­pal Kristy Mu­lar­czyk.

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