Re­gional WA lead­ing the power pack

Pilbara News - - News - Ali­cia Perera

Re­gional WA is lead­ing the way in re­new­able en­ergy con­ver­sion in Aus­tralia, ac­cord­ing to Hori­zon Power’s man­ag­ing di­rec­tor.

In a presentation at the World Re­new­able En­ergy Con­fer­ence in Perth last week, Frank Tu­dor said WA was years ahead of the rest of Aus­tralia in con­vert­ing to re­new­able en­ergy tech­nolo­gies, with re­gional WA lead­ing the pack.

He said that had come about through de­vel­op­ing mi­cro­grids — lo­cal en­ergy grids which use a com­bi­na­tion of gas, so­lar and bat­tery power.

“The tech­no­log­i­cal changes un­der way in the en­ergy sec­tor are best ap­plied to mi­cro­grids — iso­lated power sys­tems — and towns in re­gional WA have those in abun­dance,” he said.

Hori­zon Power runs 32 mi­cro­grids and three in­ter­con­nected sys­tems in WA, in­clud­ing the North West In­ter­con­nected Sys­tem in the Pil­bara.

Mr Tu­dor told the con­fer­ence Hori­zon Power was work­ing on tri­als to in­crease the amount of re­new­able en­ergy in­cor­po­rated in its mi­cro­grids, and the mi­cro­grid planned for Onslow in the Pil­bara would be the first to ben­e­fit.

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