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More solar is on the way

It’s our job to build your brighter renewable energy future

Living in regional Western Australia shouldn’t mean you can’t access solar. Our goal is that all Horizon Power households can have access to rooftop solar by 2025, and we are working hard to make it happen. 

The microgrid that powers your town needs to be carefully managed to ensure an increase in rooftop solar does not impact the stability and reliability of power supply to the community.

That's why we've set a limit on how much rooftop solar our electricity network can accommodate in each town without disrupting supply to our customers. This is called hosting capacity. Hosting capacity is currently constrained in a few regional towns, which means some customers have been unable to install and enjoy the benefits of rooftop solar systems. Watch the video to learn more.

 

What are we doing to fix this?

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More solar

We’re working hard to fix the hosting capacity constraints and make solar available to more of our communities.

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Battery storage

We’re progressing with the installation of battery energy storage systems across nine locations to increase hosting capacity as quickly as possible.

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Fairer for everyone

We're committed to ensuring there is a fair and equitable distribution of capacity when it becomes available.

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Future focussed

We’re reviewing our approach to how we calculate hosting capacity to reduce barriers and access to solar.

What does the future look like?

We're revising our approach to calculating technical limitations and this will be an important first step in increasing more solar availability. We are also installing large scale battery energy storage solutions that further unlock the potential to make solar available for all Horizon Power households by 2025. These are being installed across nine towns and the first will be installed in Broome by December 2021.

What this means is that more regional WA households will be able to access rooftop solar and participate in other renewable energy solutions very soon.

When sunlight hits the solar panels on your roof, your inverter converts it into electricity that is ready to use in your home. If you don’t use the electricity made by the solar panels, your meter measures how much of your excess electricity is fed back into the network for someone else to use. The meter also helps measure how much electricity you use from the network when there is no sun to generate your own solar energy.

You can find out more here.

We are pleased to announce that we will be releasing 2,300kW in Broome by the end of 2021.

1,150kW will be released to both residential and commercial customers, in a staged approach. 900kW of the 1,150kw allocated to residential will be available in July, with further 250kW available by the end of the year.

With the average system size of ~5kW, this would allow roughly 230 new customers to enjoy access to solar

The full 1,150kW allocated to businesses will be available from December.

The schedule for hosting capacity release across our other towns will be released soon. 

Stay tuned! As we get closer to opening up more hosting capacity in each town, we'll release more information. 

We will offer a 50/50 allocation of available solar hosting between residential and commercial customers. This will ensure distribution is more equitable and accessible to more of our customers. 

No. Due to the high demand of rooftop solar we process applications on a first come, first serve basis.

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