Resources and Energy Minister, Gary Gray, has announced a programme expected to generate 150 megawatts of electricity from renewable energy sources in regional and remote locations within five years.
The progamme will support the development of renewable energy solutions, including hybrid and integrated systems in off-grid and fringe-of-grid locations across Australia is expected to include at least two renewable energy plants of 10 megawatts or greater.
Funding is to be provided from the Australian Renewable Energy Agency’s $400 million Regional Australia’s Renewables initiative.
Mr Gray said that “It’s no secret that in Western Australia we have a lot of remote areas and meeting our growing energy demand is a big issue. Where there is no grid-connected electricity, many communities and industries truck-in fuels to generate energy.” He added that the cost of wind energy can be half that of diesel in these areas.