Horizon Power: Renewable Solutions Ramping up in WA
Written on the 7 June 2017
Horizon Power is leading the way to expand renewable energy in regional Western Australia, including the expansion of stand-alone power solutions and smart residential precincts to the north of the State.
Managing Director Frank Tudor told the Energy Networks Australia Welcome to the Grid Edge conference in Sydney that with falling costs of technology such as battery storage, Horizon Power was actively adopting new solutions to provide customers more choice and control.
Five stand-alone power systems powered by solar PV and batteries and diesel generation back-up have been operating successfully for more than a year in Esperance. A new system in Hopetoun at the iconic Fitzgerald National Park will soon be installed, allowing the decommissioning of 4km of poles and wires.
The project is now heading north with Horizon Power recently signing a contract with the Exmouth Golf Club to install a stand-alone power system with 52kWh of energy storage and 20kW solar PV. This demonstration site enables the decommissioning of the aging poles and wires while ensuring excellent reliability at this important community venue.
The coastal town of Onslow is also set to host much higher levels of distributed energy resources (DER) and is expected to become Australia's largest DER microgrid. The project will connect traditional energy sources with solar power and battery storage to deliver more than half of Onslow's electricity needs with renewables. Design work is underway to determine the location of a solar farm and residential and commercial solar and storage. Recent customer engagement in the town demonstrated strong support for solar innovation in Onslow.
The final report of the Electricity Network Transformation Roadmap released by the ENA and CSIRO highlights the transformation change already underway in WA.
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