Onslow Microgrid Project Stage 2 Gets Underway

Onslow Microgrid Project Stage 2 Gets Underway

Western Australia Minister for Energy Bill Johnston

Onslow Microgrid Project Stage 2 Underway

Victor P Taffa

  • McGowan Government launches next stage of Onslow Renewable Energy Pilot
  • Stage 2 will deliver low-cost solar and battery storage systems to locals

McGowan Government has launched the Onslow Renewable Energy Pilot which represents Stage 2 of one of Australia’s most leading edge microgrid projects.

“Onslow Renewable Energy Pilot is a landmark initiative that will help build a cleaner, brighter, renewable energy future.” Minister for Energy Bill Johnston said.

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

This follows the opening of Stage 1, in July 2018, which comprises a gas-fired power station and associated infrastructure.

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.

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.