A joint announcement by several state government ministers and a consortium led by Enwave Australia will see the development of Australia’s first solar micro power grid at the Peel Business Park located in Nambeelup.
Solar farm and battery storage technology with power supplement by Western Power will provide electricity to the 120 hectare Park, saving businesses 30% of their annual power bills.
The new power solution will drive 1862 jobs in the first 120ha lot, with the government expecting another 2000 jobs to be created.
There are hopes that this project will help to reduce the Peel district’s high youth unemployment rate, plus potentials of injecting 1 billion dollars into the WA’s economy.
The mirco-grid has been given the ability to grow in size as the business park increase the tenancy, and its expected to grow beyond LandCorp’s current landholdings within the Peel Business Park.
Businesses can also lease roof spaces to build more solar panels boosting energy supply into the grid.
During the announcement this morning, WA Treasurer and Lands Minister Ben Wyatt and Regional Development Minister Alannah MacTiernan says this project is created for ‘forward thinking businesses’.
“The McGowan Government’s vision for the Peel Business Park is a place where business, industry, training, research and development come together, invigorating the Peel region and creating jobs that cannot be achieved without providing a secure and affordable power supply,” Mr Wyatt said.
The plan is also part of the State Government’s plan to diversify WA’s economy with smart and sustainable projects fuelled by innovation.
“The microgrid offers a clear incentives for businesses to relate to the Peel Business Park, helping to drive job creation in the Peel region,” Minister MacTiernan said.
“The Peel business Park and Transform Peel are part of the McGowan Government’s commitment to driving industry diversification, investment and job opportunities in our regional centres.”