Nearly 50 per cent of Esperance’s total energy demand will now be met with renewable energy following the completion of the Esperance Power Project.
Horizon Power has partnered with Pacific Energy to deliver the new integrated power system comprising of a 4 megawatt solar farm, two 4.5MW wind turbines, a 4MW battery energy storage system, and a 22MW high-efficiency gas power station.
Friday saw Premier Mark McGowan and Energy Minister Bill Johnston officially open the Shark Lake Renewables Hub that marked the project’s completion.
The system, which is owned and operated by Pacific Energy, will feed into Horizon Power’s network and provide cleaner, greener power to Esperance.
The system design also allows for the integration of new technologies during the life of the assets to ensure more renewable energy can be added as it becomes available.
The new Esperance power system is projected to save the State Government $10 million annually and will contribute to the McGowan Government’s target of net zero carbon emissions by 2050.
“This project cuts Esperance’s electricity generation emissions by almost 50 per cent on the old system,” Mr McGowan said.
“This State Budget we boosted our Climate Action Fund by $500 million, to make a total of $1.2 billion, which will enable the delivery of even more initiatives to tackle climate change in WA.”