Horizon Power has awarded the Power Purchase Agreement for the supply of electricity to the town of Esperance, WA to Contract Power Australia (CPA).

The awarding of the contract follows a comprehensive and rigorous two-year, three-stage procurement process undertaken by Horizon Power.

Horizon Power CEO, Stephanie Unwin, said Horizon Power has been able to achieve a long-term power solution for Esperance which will include a new power station, battery storage system and renewables hub.

“The construction of a new, more efficient power station will reduce carbon emissions by almost 50 per cent per annum compared to the existing power supply arrangements. That’s the equivalent of removing 6,458 cars off the road annually,” Ms Unwin said.

“A new renewables hub will be constructed as part of the project, bringing together solar and wind power to generate up to 46 per cent of Esperance’s electricity annually.

“This will include a 4.0 megawatt solar farm and two new wind turbines, each capable of generating 4.3 megawatts of power.”

Improvements in design and technology mean the new wind turbines will have more power and higher capacity, producing 58 per cent more wind power than the combined output of the existing six wind turbines.

The construction of the new solar farm will comprise of more than 10,000 solar panels, making it the largest solar farm in Horizon Power’s renewables portfolio.

“Horizon Power recognises the Esperance community’s strong support for renewable energy,” Ms Unwin said.

“Not only are we doubling the amount of renewable energy being provided to our customers, we will also be exploring, in consultation with the community, their interest in, and the possibility of, a future shared ownership model for the solar farm.”

Construction of the new assets is due to begin in September 2020, with commissioning scheduled for the first quarter of 2022.

Horizon Power will work with CPA, a subsidiary of Pacific Energy, to ensure, wherever possible, goods and services are procured from local businesses in the Goldfields Esperance region.

“We are very excited about the short and long term benefits this new power solution will provide the Esperance community,” Ms Unwin said.

“CPA is very proactive in engaging with the communities where it works, and has set a target to source 15 per cent of new construction jobs from the Goldfields Esperance region.

“It’s really important that we partner with organisations such as CPA who share our commitment to create and support thriving communities.”

Charlotte Pordage is Editor of Utility magazine, a position she has held since November 2018. She joined the team as an Associate Editor in October 2017, after sharpening her writing and editing skills across a range of print and digital publications. Charlotte graduated from Royal Holloway, University of London, in 2011 with joint honours in English and Latin. When she's not putting together Australia's only dedicated utility magazine, she can usually be found riding her horse or curled up with a good book.

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