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ARENA funding gives green light to CUSP partnership project

Western Power is pleased to see $1 million in funding from the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) awarded to Curtin University Sustainable Policy Institute (CUSP) for their residential micro-grid project south of Perth

Western Power is a project partner in the CUSP trial of a 44 dwelling micro-grid development at White Gum Valley and will supply  strategic advice and expertise throughout the life of the project.

Western Power’s Acting Chief Executive Officer, Guy Chalkley said this trial represented an exciting application of micro-grid technologies and could lead to ways that customers could take advantage of the existing electricity network.

“The focus of micro-grids has been to replace aging parts of the network or increase reliability in hotspots but this shift ultimately could allow developers to plan ways of maximising on the grids capabilities when they build new communities.” Mr Chalkley said.

Along with strategic level advice Western Power will be providing in-kind technical support and design services related to connection of the micro-grid to the distribution network.

This is the latest in a number of initiatives Western Power has is doing to look at emerging technologies and how it can be used to meet the future power needs of customers.

Recently Western Power announced a $300,000 feasibility study for a micro-grid to increase the reliability for Kalbarri residents as well as a world first trial with Carnegie Wave Energy micro-grid project that combines wave and solar (photovoltaic) energy, with a desalination plant and energy storage and connects to a large electricity network.