Since its creation in 2006, Horizon Power has completed a number of projects involving the upgrade and improvement of electricity infrastructure and customer services in Aboriginal communities.
The projects involved collaboration with communities and also with public and private sector organisations. Horizon Power provides community residents with electricity safety and energy efficiency education and education on the use of pre-payment meters.
Large, remote Aboriginal communities with more than approximately 200 residents
Under the Aboriginal Remote Communities Power Supply Program (ARCPSP), Horizon Power upgraded electricity infrastructure and commenced offering direct retail services for customers in the following large, remote communities:
|ARCPSP - Phase 1||Approximate number of residents||Project completed|
|Ardyaloon (One Arm Point)||480||June 2007|
|Beagle Bay||378||October 2007|
|ARCPSP - Phase 2||Approximate number of residents||Horizon Power retail services commenced||New Power Station|
|Kalumburu||528||October 2011||December 2013|
|Yungngora||324||October 2011||September 2013|
The new power stations at Kalumburu and Yungngora were completed in December 2013 and September 2013 respectively, marking the completion of this project.
Lasting benefits for communities:
- Improved power quality and reliability
- Greater local capacity to support other essential services and economic development projects; and
- In large, remote communities, Horizon Power has recruited Remote Community Utility Workers (RCUWs); these workers are members of the local community and can assist residents with power supply issues.