Sub­urbs shine bright

Comment News (Gosnells) - - News -

SUB­URBS through­out the cities of Gos­nells and Ar­madale have been named in Western Power’s top ten so­lar sub­urbs.

The list re­vealed which sub­urbs had the most pho­to­voltaic (PV) so­lar units con­nected to Western Power’s network.

Can­ning Vale was the third top com­mu­nity for so­lar en­ergy con­nec­tions, while the Ar­madale and For­rest­dale re­gion was fifth, with the Gos­nells, South­ern River and Hunt­ing­dale re­gion ninth.

Beckenham and Kenwick were also part of Queens Park re­gion, which fin­ished 13th.

Man­durah topped the list with more than 9100 reg­is­tered units, nearly 40 per cent more than sec­ond­placed Wan­neroo. There are cur­rently more than 210,000 so­lar units con­nected to Western Power’s network, which has an in­stalled ca­pac­ity of 680 megawatts, roughly equiv­a­lent to one-and-a-half times the big­gest fos­sil-fu­elled power sta­tion in WA.

A Western Power spokesper­son said it had ex­pe­ri­enced more than a 20 per cent in­crease in PV so­lar panel con­nec­tions over the past five years and had slowly adapted its pol­icy to help con­nect cus­tomers.

“In the past year, we have re­moved red tape and out­dated stan­dards that af­fected cus­tomers con­nect­ing PV so­lar pan­els whilst main­tain­ing our fo­cus on safety,” they said.

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