Western Australia’s Major Solar Educational Facility Installs 48.6kW SunPower® Photovoltaic System

Adding to the Centre’s training portfolio in sustainability, water operations, and environmental science, this development is both a significant enhancement to our renewable energy training program, as well as a great opportunity for the Institute to contribute to the community effort to reduce carbon emissions.”

– Neil Fernandes, Managing Director, Central Institute of Technology

Central Institute of Technology was the first site to launch a photovoltaic power system as part of the Perth Solar City program. This solar installation is an important development for the East Perth campus which is the location for the Institute's Green Skills Training Centre. The State Minister for Energy and Training, Peter Collier said he was delighted to launch a project that involved both of his two respective
portfolios: "It provides a valuable experience for students, while highlighting the importance of renewables as a future energy source."

162 high-efficiency SunPower 300-watt solar panels have been installed on the roof of the eCentral Campus. The electricity generated will be used to power the educational facility and any excess will be fed back into the power grid.

Project Overview

System size:    48.6 kWp
Product:    SPR-300-WHT-I
Expected Energy Production:    78MWh pa
Number of panels:    162

  • Reduction of 76 tonnes of CO2 per annum entering the atmosphere
  • Increased community awareness of solar power
  • Educational resource to demonstrate the operation of solar power systems