Hon Terry Redman MLA

Hon Terry Redman MLA

Former Minister for Regional Development; Lands; Minister Assisting the Minister for State Development

    Shared renewable energy an Australian first

    9/09/2015 9:35 AM
    • Shared solar power and battery storage technology for strata title development
    • Construction to begin at Gen Y Demonstration Housing Project

    A vision for shared renewable energy in strata housing is being trialled in an Australian first at the State Government's Gen Y Demonstration Housing Project, part of the WGV at White Gum Valley development.


    Lands Minister Terry Redman said the medium density strata building represented an ideal opportunity to trial the approach which would use shared rooftop solar panels and battery storage technology to create a micro-grid for residents.


    Mr Redman said more than 1.4 million households in Australia had rooftop solar panels, however very few of those were on strata housing developments or apartments.


    "The few examples of solar panel use in apartments have units wired individually to each dwelling. This means if one dwelling is using more energy than its panels generate, it has to buy electricity from the grid, instead of using excess power being generated on the same rooftop," he said.


    "By creating a micro-grid using battery storage, the building can generate and store its own power, and the tenants pay any bills to a strata company, which manages the monitoring of the system.


    "Successfully harnessing solar power for strata title buildings will dramatically increase the use of renewable energy across Australia and reduce energy costs for thousands of people.


    "Innovative projects like WGV are helping to change the way we live and create more sustainable and connected communities."


    Construction is about to begin at the Government's Gen Y Demonstration Housing Project which comprises three interlocking one bedroom, one bathroom apartments on a compact 250 square metre block. 


    Fact File

    • WGV is WA's first development to achieve national recognition for using the international sustainability framework One Planet Living
    • The trial is a result of collaboration between LandCorp, Curtin University, the Cooperative Research Centre for Low Carbon Living, Solar Balance, Balance Services Group and the CSIRO
    • For more information, visit http://www.landcorp.com.au/innovation/wgv

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