AER $8m wind & solar farm Port Gregory, WA

GMA Garnet have commissioned AER (Advanced Energy Resources) to build a 3MW wind and solar farm Port Gregory in mid-Western Australia. Port Gregory is located 60 km south of Kalbarri (and 120km from the nearest substation, so this is a significant development for the GMA Garnet mine).

AER Solar Farm Port Gregory

Advanced Energy Resources - Solar Farm Port Gregory
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Advanced Energy Resources, part of the Castelli Group, will develop the project for the GMA Garnet mine – it will supply almost 70% of the mine’s power – which will then in turn reduce carbon footprint by about 5,000 tones of carbon dioxide per annum. The West reported that CFO of GMA, Grant Cox said the farm will help the mine reduce input costs in combating the increasing cost of electricity  – and also lauded the environmental impact of the the project –  “We are proud to be moving our operation to have the lowest carbon emissions in the industry,” he said.

AER MD Luca Castelli also spoke proudly of the collaboration – noting the company’s proven track record of embedded renewable energy generation – and how it is a lot cheaper than ‘dirty’ power generated through fossil fuels. “We are proud to be partnering with GMA Garnet in this groundbreaking project which will credibly display how AER can reduce costs for large energy users while providing tangible benefits to regional electricity networks and fringe of grid areas” Castelli said.

AER, which was founded in 2006, already owns and operates a renewable portfolio so this is a welcome addition.

Funding renewables for mines is still a new idea and faces a lot of challenges – with National Australia Bank (NAB)’s global head of resources, energy, and Northern Australia, Phillip Mak, recently addressing a panel on renewable energy in resources on the issue. Mak was quoted as telling the Energy and Mines Summit in Perth“…the big challenge is convincing miners, investors and bankers, that the integration is very well understood and reliable”.

This is a great step for Western Australian Solar  and it’s also positive seeing renewable energy in resources become a larger part of our renewables conversation, given that natural resources contribute significantly to export performance and also to our GDP, albeit to a lesser degree.

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Solar Energy Western Australia

Solar Energy Western Australia – The Western Australian Department of Finance website has a lot of great information about solar power in Western Australia – click here to read ‘help me go solar’ which will give you a lot of help.

According to the ABC, WA will triple its rooftop solar capacity and more than 40% of its energy will come from renewables by 2030 – so it’s a great time to get invested in the renewables boom. ACcording to CEO of Energy Networks Australia (ENA), John Bradley,  “Western Australia is set to lead the edge-of-grid energy transformation in the coming decade and beyond as more customers continue to take up distributed energy resources like solar and batteries,”.

Your feed-in tariff will be around 8c/kWh in Perth, and it will vary wildly depending on where you are in the rest of Western Australia, which is so sparsely populated it comes with a bunch of unique situations. It’s best to talk to a bunch of providers to help see who can give you the best deal – just be aware that parts of WA are deregulated so the state

Solar Energy Western Australia (PV Solar + Storage) Providers:

Power Ledger is an WA based startup using blockchain based software to facilitate p2p (peer to peer) energy trading. We’ve previously written about blockchain solar and microgrids and in such a large geographic area this makes a lot of sense. Founder of Power Ledger Jemma Green, says that  “We have very high electricity prices here — relative to the national average – plus the amount of sunshine we have, nearly 300 days a year, means the pay-back period for installing this is faster for consumers.” Decentralised solar is definitely something that will grow rapidly over the coming years – you can click here to read an article on Power Ledger’s website about ‘selling your solar power to the neighbours’.

Some other companies worth checking out include:

Solar Energy Western Australia - Horizon Power Supply Areas
Solar Energy Western Australia – Horizon Power Supply Areas (source: Horizon Power)


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