Regional WA leading the power pack
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.