Onslow plans microgrids for power needs
WA has the opportunity to develop expertise essential for energy markets from Onslow to New York, according to the head of the State’s regional power producer.
Horizon Power managing director Frank Tudor said South Korea had focused on four aspects of the energy revolution to create half a million jobs by 2030 — renewable energy from the sun and the wind, storage, electric vehicles and microgrids.
Microgrids, the least publicised of these four technologies, are networks that connect and co-ordinate power sources and loads distributed over a small area. They are different to the dominant electricity system of the 20th century, in which a few big power plants sent power to a wide area.
Mr Tudor told the American Chamber of Commerce in Perth that despite their distinct differences, New York City and the Pilbara town of Onslow were planning microgrids to meet their power needs.
Both places had to costeffectively refresh infrastructure to make it resilient and provide choice to consumers, he said.
In Onslow, the power system is being transformed by Horizon Power to source more than half the town’s energy from renewables. The aim is to integrate a gas-fired power station under construction with a solar farm and rooftop solar and batteries at residential and commercial premises. Horizon Power manages more than 40 microgrids across the State.