Horizon Power and LandCorp have joined forces to deliver Smart Sun – a solar-powered microgrid package providing renewable energy to eligible homes in Waranyjarri Estate.
The innovative Smart Sun pilot program will provide a heavily discounted renewable energy package to eligible homes and homesites within Stage 10 of Waranyjarri Estate.
The pilot aims to empower participating households to significantly reduce their energy use, their reliance on the power grid and ultimately save money on their energy bills all through the uptake of renewable energy sources.
In doing so, this pilot will allow Horizon Power and LandCorp to investigate and test an integrated energy solution and work towards solving key grid and land development challenges for projects of the future.
Why is Smart Sun Required?
The below video best summarises the challenges faced by Broome.
In short power networks were traditionally designed for one-way power supply – from the power station to the home. Introducing new technologies such as solar PV systems means the supply can be two-way – from the grid to the home and from the home to the grid.
This change comes with some challenges. For example, on a very sunny day there may be a significant amount of power being sent back into the system from homes. In large volumes, the excess power can cause the system to ‘trip off’, leading to power outages.
Conversely, overcast conditions may mean the solar PVs cannot produce enough power for the home’s needs and the power station has to suddenly increase its power supply, which can also cause power outages.
Voltage fluctuations and other issues can also impact on network power supply. As a result, the number of rooftop solar PV systems is currently capped in many regional towns, including Broome.
Horizon Power and LandCorp are seeking a sustainable solution to reduce the level of high-cost electricity infrastructure in housing estates, increase the amount of solar PV systems and help homeowners reduce their cost of living. The Smart Sun pilot is one of the iniatives being investigated to enable a sustainable future.
How Does The Package Work?
Solar panels installed on the roof will help to power the household, with a battery storing any excess power for times when the solar panels can’t produce enough electricity.
Home owners can monitor their individual consumption habits through the energy management system app to help maximise solar-generated electricity usage and minimise the amount of purchased electricity from the grid.
Residents taking part in the study will purchase a Smart Sun package for a heavily-discounted fixed price of $5,000, which includes installation. Homes built in Waranyjarri Estate with a Smart Sun package could expect to save approximately $2,500* per year, compared to a ‘standard’ home in other parts of Broome.
For the purposes of the trial, packages will only be available to six eligible established homes and six eligible future homes.
After an initial technical assessment, participation in the Smart Sun pilot will be allocated on a first come, first served basis.
If you are interested in taking part in the pilot we recommend you email Horizon Power at firstname.lastname@example.org or if you have any further questions call (08) 9192 9900.
Terms and Conditions
* $2,500 per year saving estimation is based on Horizon Power power consumption research. Actual savings depend on your unique usage profile.
The package installation cost is determined by home design, the current or potential appliances included in the package and professional installation costs.
Standard inclusions for the package are; - Solar PV panels - Solar PV inverter - Sonnen Battery - Energy Management System
The requirement for a hot water heat pump and/or smart pool pump will be reviewed by Horizon Power based on your unique requirements.
1 - The calculation of energy savings for Waranyjarri Estate, Broome North homes is based on a Horizon Power sample of 30 single residential homes in ‘old’ Broome and 25 single residential homes in Waranyjarri Estate, Broome North. Actual savings depend on usage profile.