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Remote communities centralised solar project

The State Government has invested $11.6 million in Horizon Power’s solar farm construction project in remote Kimberley Aboriginal communities as part of its commitment to clean energy.

The Remote Communities Centralised Solar Project will result in hundreds of kilowatts of solar being installed in the large east Kimberley remote communities of Warmun and Kalumburu next year.

Planning is also underway for solar farm construction in the west Kimberley communities of Ardyaloon, Beagle Bay, Djarindjin, Lombadina and Bidyadanga in 2020/21. 

The new project follows Horizon Power installing solar panels on the rooftops of community buildings earlier this year which has resulted in lower power bills for the communities of Djarindjin and Lombadina. We are now working with a number of large remote Kimberley communities to enter into a similar partnership under the Solar Incentives Scheme.

The centralised solar project will reduce CO2 emissions by more than 2,000 tonnes each year, which is equivalent to taking 425 cars off the road each year. It will also reduce the cost of supplying electricity to remote towns which reduces the State Government subsidy for regional power supplies.

Community investment

Horizon Power has been working in partnership with communities and Aboriginal organisations since its inception in 2006 to ensure our projects result in lasting benefits.

With last year’s commitment to the State Government’s Aboriginal Procurement Policy, Horizon Power is doing more to ensure its projects result in benefits to local business and residents.

Opportunities for employment and sub-contractors

We are working with the communities of Warmun and Kalumburu to encourage people who have the skills to work on the project during its construction, or to provide support services to the project, to get in touch.

  • In Warmun, contact Sue Leonard at the Warmun Community (Turkey Creek) Inc Office.
  • In Kalumburu, contact Tony Schiffke at East Kimberley Jobs Pathways on Tony.schiffke@ekjp.org.au or 08 9161 4413. We encourage interest from other potential applicants living in the east Kimberley to also contact East Kimberley Jobs Pathways.

If you are a sub-contractor, please register your interest to be involved in this project at: solarfarm@horizonpower.com.au

We will monitor this regularly and provide your details on to companies who engage in our tender process.

Further information

Date

Media release

May 2019

Solar investment for remote communities

​December 2017

Aboriginal Procurement Policy to drive Aboriginal entrepreneurship and business opportunities