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With the increase in demand for rooftop solar, utilities around the world are facing similar challenges in how to connect increasing amounts of renewable energy to traditional electricity systems. In the case of smaller, isolated power systems or microgrids, like those operated by Horizon Power, the intermittency of renewable energy poses a challenge.
For each town, we have a certain amount of capacity for rooftop solar that can be safely installed on the power system without compromising the reliability of power supplies to all of our customers. This is our Distributed Energy Target, which we will progressively increase as we trial new technology that will allow for more renewable energy on our systems.
The table below shows the kilowatts available in each town that can be utilised by rooftop solar and the renewable energy buyback rate in that town. Some of our towns have already reached their Distributed Energy Target and so we are unable to accept solar applications at this time.
|NWIS - includes Port Hedland,
Roebourne and Karratha
* Cents per kWh of electricity that you export to the Horizon Power electricity system. Buyback rates are reviewed annually and the amount payable is subject to change. Find out more.
** Generally available to residential customers on the A2, C2, D2 tariffs or to an educational institution who wish to install a five kilowatt or less renewable energy system.
*** Customers on the L2, L4, K2, N2, P2 and M2 tariffs will need to install a generation managed system. Residential customers who wish to install a system greater than five kilowatts will need to install a generation managed system.
If you have any questions, please contact us at email@example.com or call our Renewable Energy Hotline on 1800 618 916.