A mixture of traditional energy sources, solar panels and battery storage will fuel an energy microgrid to power a town in WA’s north.
The Onslow Renewable Energy Pilot, representing Stage Two its microgrid project, providing locals with low-cost solar and battery storage systems in the town.
The State Government launched the pilot on Thursday in an effort to produce better energy sources
“The Onslow Renewable Energy Pilot is a landmark initiative that will help build a cleaner, brighter, renewable energy future,” Energy Minister Bill Johnston said.
“Onlsow residents and businesses will get self-generated power and reduced power bills by installing the solar panel and battery storage systems.”
Horizon Power has signed a contract with Western Australian company Mechanical Project Services to deliver and install the solar and battery storage systems to Onslow customers.
The systems will be integrated with Horizon Power’s Distributed Energy Resources Management System.
The McGowan Government initiative will also include a bulk, centralised, one megawatt solar farm and a one megawatt-hour network battery to power the town from May.
Stage Two follows the opening of a gas-fired power station in Stage One of the project in July last year.
Mr Johnston said the project is part of State Government plans to provide improved energy to WA.
“This announcement follows the McGowan Government’s launch of the Energy Transformation Strategy, which aims to deliver a cleaner, affordable and more reliable energy to households and businesses for decades to come,” he said.