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Renewable energy solutions making a difference in Derby

Horizon Power is pleased to announce it will deliver $5.2 million worth of renewable energy projects in Derby, which will reduce energy costs and greenhouse gas emissions, as well as help reduce night time crime and traffic incidents through better lighting.

WA Premier Mark McGowan announced the projects as part of the McGowan Government's WA Recovery Plan.

Key works will include:

  • Installing 550 kilowatts peak (kWp) of rooftop solar together with a 275 kilowatt-hour renewable energy smoothing battery at Derby Hospital;
  • Installing 310 kWp of rooftop solar across community buildings in the Shire of Derby; and
  • Upgrading around 827 conventional streetlights to energy efficient smart LED units, spanning 10 kilometres from Derby to the Aboriginal community of Mowanjum.

New streetlight technology will also enable Horizon Power to identify outages in real time and remove the need to carry out routine inspections.

The combined projects will reduce greenhouse gas emissions by more than 900 tonnes per year, save the Shire of Derby $170,697 annually, and reduce evening crime by 10 per cent. Derby Hospital will benefit from more than $590,000 in annual energy supply and consumption savings.

These renewable energy solutions will also result in a reduction to total greenhouse gas emissions of around 460 tonnes annually - the equivalent of taking 100 cars off the road

More than 10 local jobs will be created during procurement and construction.

Read the Ministerial media statement here.


Media contact: 1800 799 745 

Pictured L-R: Nick Mildenhall – Operations Manager, West Kimberley Derby Hospital; Geoff Haerewa – President, Shire of Derby; the Hon Mark McGowan Premier of Western Australia; Amanda O'Halloran - CEO, Shire of Derby and Stephanie Unwin – CEO, Horizon Power.