Zenith Energy announces new Ocean Reef Marina microgrid

Artist's impression of the Ocean Reef Marina development which will include an electricity microgrid
Artist's impression of the Ocean Reef Marina development (Image supplied)

Western Australian independent power producer Zenith Energy will own and operate, through its subsidiary Ocean Reef Renewable Energy (ORRE), an electricity microgrid at DevelopmentWA’s Ocean Reef Marina development.

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ORRE will be a vertically integrated licensed electricity utility—generator, distributor, and retailer—at the mixed-use Ocean Reef Marina precinct. It is a solution that will deliver a world-class sustainability outcome for coastal redevelopments by delivering clean energy to customers, while targeting up to 30% savings on their annual electricity bills relative to the relevant Regulated Tariffs.

Zenith Energy managing director Hamish Moffat said, “Ocean Reef Marina is a ground-breaking development. Zenith is very excited to be bringing our microgrid expertise to this iconic marina precinct and look forward to providing access to low cost renewable energy through the microgrid which will reduce carbon emissions and is expected to deliver significant savings on energy bills.”

To kickstart the generation of affordable renewable energy, Ocean Reef Marina will feature a ground-mounted solar array, which will be expanded with rooftop solar installations as the development progresses. Additionally, battery technology will be deployed to store and distribute renewable energy within the precinct. The microgrid will also be connected to the Western Power network to meet surplus requirements.

“This landmark initiative is another milestone in the State Government and Zenith Energy’s journey to net zero emissions,” Moffat said.

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Ocean Reef Marina is the second microgrid initiative by DevelopmentWA & Zenith Energy, building on the success of the renewable electricity microgrid at Peel Business Park, launched in December 2020.

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