Goldfields Solar Energy Project
The State Government will invest $500,000 to develop a proposal for a Virtual Power Plant (VPP) trial in the Goldfields and make land available for future large-scale renewable energy development in the region.
A VPP is a distributed roof top solar and battery system that collects energy, which can be dispatched in a similar way to a centralised power station.
A preliminary assessment into large-scale solar projects in the Goldfields identified the best path forward to bring renewable energy, innovative technology, and network support to the region. The assessment involved extensive consultation with local industry, energy groups, mining companies, solar developers and relevant government agencies.
A copy of the Summary Report is available here.
The Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development will now work in collaboration with relevant agencies, particularly the Public Utilities Office, Western Power, Goldfields-Esperance Development Commission and Lands agencies.
Further information and a list of Frequently Asked Questions is available here.