Increasing rooftop solar access in the Gascoyne and Mid West

July 09 2024

More than 2400 additional customers in the Gascoyne and Mid West now have access to rooftop solar, with Smart Connect Solar expanding to Exmouth, Sandstone, Denham, Gascoyne Junction and Mt Magnet.

Supporting the Cook Government’s commitment to delivering clean energy solutions for regional Western Australia, we're using state-of-the-art technology, known as a Distributed Energy Management System (DERMS), to increase access to renewable energy for these towns, while improving the safety and stability of the state’s electricity network.

DERMS utilises analytics to consider weather patterns, power system conditions and renewable energy resources. The technology’s advanced algorithms then use this data to coordinate and dynamically optimise the power system to maximise renewable energy and benefits for our customers.

This innovative approach ensures the power system remains safe and secure and enables the removal of hosting capacity constraints in regional towns, which have previously limited the number of solar installations.

Smart Connect Solar is providing thousands of additional residential and business customers the opportunity to install rooftop solar and realise energy bill savings - with more than 400 customers having already applied since the program was launched this year.

We're expanding Smart Connect Solar to another eight regional towns over coming months.

Who can access Smart Connect Solar?

Smart Connect Solar was launched in Carnarvon in February. Since then, it has expanded to towns in the North West Interconnected System (NWIS), including Karratha, Port Hedland, South Hedland, Point Samson, Cossack and Roebourne, and has been introduced to 20 towns in the Kimberley, Gascoyne and Mid West and Esperance and Goldfields regions.

This includes Broome, providing more than 6000 homes and businesses with the option to install rooftop solar since May this year.

Smart Connect Solar is scheduled to expand to Esperance and Menzies soon and will be available across all towns in our service area by September 2024.


View the release schedule

Horizon Power is committed to delivering clean energy solutions for all our customers.

Smart Connect Solar will help regional residents and businesses reduce their energy costs, but it will also contribute to a more sustainable future for all of us.

It provides us with critical technical capabilities so we can deliver on our commitment of ensuring there are zero customer refusals when connecting rooftop solar by 2025, across our networks.

Stephanie Unwin, CEO Horizon Power

Leading WA towards net zero

Increasing renewable energy access for regional Western Australians supports the State Government’s goal of achieving net zero carbon emissions by 2050.


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