IBM has been appointed to deploy an intelligent electricity network as part Western Power’s participation in the first phase of Perth’s Solar City Project.

The first phase of the Perth Solar City Project is intended to provide a "living model" of how solar energy, smart metering, energy efficiency and responsive market signals can deliver economic and environmental benefits. More than 6,000 households, 150 businesses and 20 schools will be involved in Phase One. Participants will receive free energy advisory services and price reductions on solar hot water and photovoltaic systems.