WA Government Invests In $8 Million Worth Of Renewable Energy Projects This Year

WA Government Invests In $8 Million Worth Of Renewable Energy Projects This Year

Western Australia Minister for Energy Peter Collier

State Government Investment In Renewable Energy Project For Kalgoorlie-Boulder

Victor P Taffa

Work on a Renewable Energy Project at the Oasis Aquatic Centre in Kalgoorlie-Boulder is expected to start within the next financial year.

The Project will be carried out with State Government funding of $559,000, provided to the City of Kalgoorlie-Boulder through the Low Emissions Energy Development (LEED) Fund.

Visiting the City today, Energy Minister Peter Collier said the funding would be used to install Ground Source Heat Pumps, paired with solar photovoltaic panels, to provide renewable energy for Pool Heating.

Funding is subject to the city providing $3 for every $1 of Government Funds.

 

 

 

The Project, when completed, is expected to cut Greenhouse Gas Emissions and contribute to the National Target of 20 % Renewable Energy by 2020.

“An important part of meeting that target will be expanding new, low emission technologies and developing renewable energy supplies that reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions.” Mr. Collier said.

This was one of three Renewable Energy Projects to benefit from a State Government investment of almost $8 Million, provided through the LEED Fund this year.

Other organisations to benefit included Aurora Algae Pty Ltd ($2 Million) for an algal fuel demonstration facility near Karratha and Green Rock Energy Limited ($5.4 Million) for a Geothermal Energy Commercial Demonstration Project.

A total of $30 Million will be provided through the LEED Fund to support research and development of low emission technologies in WA, including:

  • $12.5 Million towards the next stage of Carnegie Corporation’s 5 megawatt demonstration wave Power Station near Garden Island;
  • $1.5 Million to support the Future Farm Industries Cooperative Research Centre in developing an oil mallee harvester as part of a Bio-energy Supply Chain.