WA Electricity Industry Weekly News Roundup: 11 January 2021 – 17 January 2021

Headlines

Rooftop solar market ends tricky 2020 by smashing records, surpassing 13GW total capacity [11/01/2021]

Australia’s rooftop solar market has defied a challenging 2020 to set a number of new installation records, with the market overcoming disruptions to grow by a massive 39 per cent year-on-year, new analysis from consultancy SunWiz has detailed.

Garden Island Microgrid up and running after connection upgrade [11/01/2021]

Operations at the Garden Island Microgrid, which powers naval facilities off the coast of Western Australia, have resumed operations after upgrade works undertaken by the Department of Defence.

Strike Energy unveils $2.3b WA fertilisers project [11/01/2021]

The oil and gas junior will look for partners to help fund the major urea and ammonia project it is proposing at Geraldton, with urea importer Wesfarmers expected to be interested.

Strike energy $2.3bn fertiliser plant to create up to 1000 jobs [11/01/2021]

Strike Energy has unveiled plans for a $2.3bn fertiliser plant in Western Australia’s Geraldton using gas from the energy producer’s Perth Basin deposits.

‘We won’t privatise Western Power’: Liberal’s pledge [13/01/2021]

Electricity utilities Western Power, Synergy and Horizon would all remain in public hands under a WA Liberal Government, Opposition Leader Zak Kirkup has announced.

Newcrest pushes button on new gold mine at Havieron in Western Australia [13/01/2021]

Newcrest Mining has ticked off on the first stage of construction of its Havieron deposit in WA, throwing $146m towards early works after receiving government approval to start work on a new mine at the emerging discovery.

Broome shopping centre to host massive solar and battery system [15/01/2021]

The Western Australian town of Broome will become host to one of Australia’s largest shopping centre solar installations. The 1.2MW commercial solar installation will be added to the Broome Boulevard Shopping Centre, owned by ASX-listed property investors Primewest, constructed over the centre’s car park, and is expected supply around 45 per cent of the centre’s electricity needs.

Local builder wins $16m Albany project [15/01/2021]

Construction company Wauters has secured the works to build Western Power’s new $16 million energy depot.

From Antarctica to Perth: Masdar eyes waste, hydrogen [16/01/2021]

One of the world’s biggest renewable energy companies is eyeing remote solar power and green hydrogen opportunities in Australia as well as a major expansion in waste-to-energy to widen its portfolio in line with its economy-wide approach to sustainability.

Bushfire burning south of Perth has been contained but remains unpredictable, WA premier says [18/01/2021]

An emergency bushfire warning has been issued for several Perth suburbs with crews working to strengthen containment lines. […] Western Power says electricity supplies have also been cut to some customers with more than 200 properties currently without power.

Announcements

Synergy: Emmanuel Catholic College Case Study [12/01/2021]

Emmanuel Catholic College in Success has a student body of approximately 1,100 students, ranging from Year 7 through to Year 12. […] A 99.990 kW solar system was installed on the roof of the Sports and Performing Arts Centre for Excellence in April 2020.

EPWA: Consumer research grants launched [13/01/2021]

Round 2 of the Western Australian Advocacy for Consumers of Energy Grants has been launched by the Minister for Energy.

Western Power: New $16 million energy facility for Albany [14/01/2021]

Premier Mark McGowan and Energy Minister Bill Johnston today announced plans for a new $16 million energy hub in Albany. Western Power’s state-of-the-art facility will be built by local business Wauters Building Company, creating around 70 construction jobs.

Publications

None this week.

Consultations

None this week.