Horizon Power illuminates Derby Regional Hospital with $1.4 million solar investment

April 24 2024

In a significant step towards sustainability, Derby Regional Hospital has embraced renewable energy with the activation of a new 364-kilowatt rooftop solar photo-voltaic (PV) system.

Derby Regional Hospital's carbon emissions and annual energy consumption are set to fall, thanks to a $1.4 million investment by the Cook Government in large-scale rooftop solar.

This large scale rooftop solar system,  comprising 910 solar panels, is set to revolutionise the hospital’s energy consumption.

WA's regional energy provider, Horizon Power, installed the state-of-the-art solar system in partnership with WA Country Health Service.

Modelling forecasts the system will lead to a $70,000 per annum reduction in variable energy costs for the hospital and reduce the hospital's annual energy consumption by 24 per cent, in turn cutting its carbon emissions by about 300 tonnes per year.

Energy Minister Reece Whitby lauded the project, stating, “The Derby Regional Hospital solar system exemplifies our dedication to increasing renewable energy uptake across Western Australia’s regional and remote areas.”

Health Minister Amber-Jade Sanderson added, “This rooftop solar investment is a win-win for Derby Hospital, yielding financial savings and contributing to our goal of net zero emissions by 2050.”

Kimberley MLA Divina D’Anna expressed excitement over the announcement, emphasizing the importance of safeguarding the environment and health for future generations.

Horizon Power remains committed to delivering innovative energy solutions that benefit the community and the country.


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