juwi Renewable Energy, a Brisbane subsidiary of German renewable energy firm juwi, has signed a deal with Perth-based Contract Power to build the solar and wind components of a new hybrid generation solution for the town of Esperance in western Australia.
Contract Power will own and operate the facility which is expected to meet up to half of the town’s annual electricity demand. The project is scheduled to be operational in early 2022.
Dave Manning of juwi said that hybrid power solutions offer the potential to significantly reduce fossil fuel generation in pristine environments whilst maintaining reliability at competitive costs.
“The generated electricity will be distributed by Horizon Power, which is owned by the West Australian Government and supplies electricity to communities across regional Western Australia,” said Manning. “We are looking forward to working with Contract Power to deliver this landmark project in Esperance.”
The construction and development of hybrid power plants for off-grid customers such as mines is an important pillar of juwi’s Australian business strategy.
These projects intelligently integrate solar, wind and battery power with existing electricity grids using a juwi-developed microgrid control system called juwi Hybrid IQ.
Stephen Hansen, juwi Board member responsible for international business, said juwi has already proved what renewable energy solutions can achieve through its world-renowned DeGrussa project and continues to build on this accomplishment.
“Our customers benefit from our comprehensive service portfolio that supports our clients at every stage, from project development and commissioning to the operation and maintenance of their systems,” said Mr. Hansen.
The Esperance project will be the fourth hybrid project by juwi in Australia. The company has constructed hybrid renewable energy solutions for three other Australian customers to date: the Degrussa Gold and Copper Mine, the Agnew mine and a research centre on Heron Island.