Outback town in South Australia runs entirely on solar

Photo of the William Creek Hotel at sunrise (outback town)
William Creek Hotel

The Outback town of William Creek in South Australia is now powered entirely by solar energy, according to Energy Matters.

The smallest town in Outback South Australia, William Creek has a population of 50 and is considered one of the most remote communities in the country.

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Horan & Bird head of commercial sales Dan Howard said, “There is over 300 kilometres of dirt road to get there. The town’s previous diesel-generated power was priced at approximately $1.20 per kWh. Now the town purchases its electricity for $0.287 per kWh.”

Image: My Energy

Last year, My Energy installed a 200kW photovoltaic (PV) array connected to a battery energy storage system, allowing the township to run entirely on renewable energy.

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William Creek’s tourism operator Trevor Wright said of the project, “It’s a no-brainer. I think it really pretty much the only solar power town in South Australia.

“A lot of stations are definitely coming onboard. I think with the price of oil merits going on the last few years everyone knows when the drawing vehicle is becoming a real issue.”

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