Australia's first renewable energy industrial microgrid is up and running at the McGowan Government's Peel Business Park in Nambeelup, with the innovative network now providing power to the site following the completion of Stage 1 works.
The industry-leading solution, delivered by a consortium led by Peel Renewable Energy together with Sunrise Energy and Synergy has created a one of a kind microgrid that brings together a mix of onsite solar generation, battery storage assets and the backing of a small grid connection to deliver cheaper and greener power for businesses at the park.
The microgrid's battery energy storage system, which will moderate, store and discharge power to businesses through the network, is being installed now for commissioning in March 2021.
Peel-based business Wormall Civil delivered $14.9 million of civil works for Stage 1 at Peel Business Park, which were completed in November. These works comprised earthworks, roadworks, utility service upgrades, arterial drainage and $4.7 million of trunk water and sewer infrastructure extensions.
Landscaping works for the business park, undertaken by head contractor Total Eden in conjunction with nine local subcontractors and indigenous Clontarf Foundation trainees, was completed in October.
The 16-hectare Stage 1 will be home to a range of local businesses as well as Western Australia's Food Innovation Precinct, delivered by the Shire of Murray and the Department of Fire and Emergency Services' new Bushfire Centre of Excellence which is under construction.
Once operational, occupants in Stage 1 are expected to deliver more than 250 ongoing jobs and contribute $73 million to the local economy each year.