Onslow to embrace renewable energy for microgrid project stage 2

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Onslow has taken a further step towards being at the forefront of renewable energy with the launch of the Onslow microgrid project’s second stage last week.

Stage two of the project will include construction of a 1MW solar farm and 1MW-hour network battery by May, as well as a 75 per cent residents’ discount on solar and battery storage systems under the Onslow Renewable Energy Pilot.

It marks another major development for the Onslow microgrid project, which, once complete, will be the largest hybrid renewable energy microgrid in Australia and see renewables provide at least 50 per cent of the town’s power needs.

Horizon Power general manger of commercial services and finance Sami Zouad said the Onslow community would benefit from taking up more renewable forms of energy.

“The opportunity to access solar PV and battery systems at a reduced rate will provide customers with the ability to reduce their own electricity costs, whilst allowing Horizon Power to demonstrate a high-renewables energy future,” he said.

“The opportunity it presents Onslow as a community is significant. Horizon Power’s vision is that Onslow will be the beneficiary of a leading-edge microgrid power system with a high penetration of distributed renewable energy resources.”

The Onslow Renewable Energy Pilot was launched to the comm-unity at an Onslow Chamber of Commerce and Industry event in Onslow last Wednesday.

Horizon Power has signed a contract with WA company Mechanical Project Services to deliver and install the discounted solar and battery storage systems to residents.

State Energy Minister Bill Johnston said the pilot complemented the Government’s plans to introduce more diversity into WA’s power network.

“The Onslow Renewable Energy Pilot is a landmark initiative that will help build a cleaner, brighter, renewable energy future,” he said.

“Onslow residents and businesses will get self-generated power and reduced power bills by installing the solar panel and battery storage systems.

The completed Onslow microgrid will include a mix of gas-fired and solar power and battery storage.

Stage one of the microgrid project, launched in July 2018, involved the construction of a 5.25MW gas-fired modular power plant and associated infrastructure.

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