Smart solar and street lighting upgrades for Derby

Wednesday, 11 August, 2021

Smart solar and street lighting upgrades for Derby

The WA Shire of Derby/West Kimberley has recently installed 13 rooftop solar systems, as well as 1100 streetlight upgrades.

Derby’s Aboriginal-owned solar installer Remote Solar Solutions was engaged to install 283 kilowatts (kW) of rooftop solar across the shire’s public buildings.

The installations will save the shire an average of $170,000 per year on electricity costs and help reduce its greenhouse gas emissions by more than 460 tonnes annually.

The 1100 smart LED streetlights have helped improve night-time visibility and safety for pedestrians and drivers. Horizon Power will also be able to monitor and respond to streetlight faults and outages in real time.

“This project has provided the state government with an opportunity to partner with the Shire of Derby/West Kimberley, local contractors and the community to deliver innovative renewable energy solutions,” said Energy Minister Bill Johnston.

“This is just one of many projects being delivered as part of the WA Recovery Plan, which aims to create jobs and support regional growth.”

Minister Johnston and Horizon Power CEO Stephanie Unwin also officially opened the Derby Memorial Pool’s new custom-made solar shade recently. The structure has a 40 kW solar system and will reduce the pool’s operating costs.

Additionally, solar panels will be installed at the Derby Hospital later this year and a community battery should be completed in early 2022.

The $5.2 million Derby solar, battery and smart streetlights project is part of the government’s WA Recovery Plan.

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