Horizon Power is conducting a pilot project to test the commercial viability of delivering decentralised, high penetration renewable energy to entire towns across regional Australia, and prove that distributed energy resources (DER) can increase renewable energy penetration on existing microgrids.
How the project works
The project will install a variety of distributed energy technologies for households and businesses in Carnarvon, Western Australia. Technologies include energy meter devices connected to the internet to send and receive data (i.e. as part of the ‘internet of things’), solar PV, batteries and inverters with remote monitoring and control devices.
Horizon Power will use collected data and customer interaction with the technology to inform new retail models that will enable and incentivise customers to participate in the provision of energy services to the grid.
Area of innovation
The project will develop an advanced model for renewable energy integration for towns that have reached their current available solar PV hosting capacity. The project will help to resolve the economic and technical barriers of a DER system, furthering Horizon Power’s understanding of high penetration solar and enabling technologies such as battery storage and communication platforms.
Horizon Power believes that a DER model will be the most cost effective electricity supply model for its network. The trials of distributed energy systems will explore the most cost-effective way of designing and maintaining a future grid. Project Highgarden will also explore the most economically efficient ways to design and manage a future grid to reduce dependence on centralised fossil fuelled generation and reduce carbon emissions.
As Australians embrace rooftop solar at world-leading rates, work is underway to create a modern, fairer electricity system for the future.
It’s happening fast and it can’t be ignored; the way our energy system operates is undergoing a massive transformation.
According to the twentieth century model of energy distribution, large power plants fuelled by coal, hydro or gas, generated electricity that was distributed via a centralised grid.