Regional WA embraces roof-mounted solar

Western Australia’s state-owned power supplier, Horizon Power, has connected a South Hedland business to its 37kW, 108 roof-mounted solar panels, complete with a battery storage system.
Solar array on South Hedland Liquor Supplies roof top

Western Australia’s state-owned power supplier, Horizon Power, has connected a South Hedland business to its 37kW, 108 roof-mounted solar panels, complete with a battery storage system.

The generation management system is one of the first of its kind for regional Western Australia, and required South Hedland Liquor Supplies to undergo solar installation and storage system commissioning tests to ensure it met Horizon Power’s technical requirements.

Horizon Power’s senior systems technology engineer Dave Edwards said the company developed technical requirements for renewable energy installations, including those that are generation managed, where the electricity output can be controlled to help maintain reliability.

“The recent availability and increased affordability of generation-managed renewable energy installations means that customers now have more choice about the size of the system they can install and could allow more renewable energy to be installed across Horizon Power’s network,” Mr Edwards said.

South Hedland Liquor Supplies co-owner Brent Rudler said the investment was fundamental in giving him the ability to control electricity consumption and monthly bills.

“We are operating a business out of the Pilbara where there is no shortage of sunshine, so if we didn’t capitalise on that fact to improve our business operating costs, then we’d be mad,” Mr Rudler said.

“The significant investment we have made will be paid off within three years and it was something we decided to justify to take control of the rising cost of electricity… it is really exciting and certainly something I would encourage other Pilbara business owners to consider.

“We can’t control the cost of electricity, but we can control how we use it and what smart technologies we employ to help us mitigate costs.”