- McGowan Government launches next stage of Onslow Renewable Energy Pilot
- Stage Two will deliver low-cost solar and battery storage systems to locals
The McGowan Government has launched the Onslow Renewable Energy Pilot which represents Stage Two of one of Australia's most leading edge microgrid projects.
This follows the opening of Stage One, in July 2018, which comprises a gas-fired power station and associated infrastructure.
The pilot will integrate solar panel and battery storage systems with traditional energy sources to maximise the amount of renewable energy in Onslow's microgrid.
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.
Once installed, the systems will be integrated with Horizon Power's Distributed Energy Resources Management System.
The pilot also includes a bulk, centralised, one-megawatt solar farm and a one megawatt-hour network battery, which will help supply the town from May 2019.
Under its State Development Agreement, Chevron's Wheatstone Project has provided a financial contribution for Horizon Power to build the power infrastructure for both stages.
For more information, visit https://horizonpower.com.au/our-community/projects/onslow-power-project/
Comments attributed to Energy Minister Bill Johnston:
"The Onslow Renewable Energy Pilot is a landmark initiative that will help build a cleaner, brighter, renewable energy future.
"Onslow residents and businesses will get self-generated power and reduced power bills by installing the solar panel and battery storage systems.
"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."
Minister's office - 6552 6700