The Nationals WA Candidate for Albany Robbie Sutton will commit $23 million to the Albany and Great Southern Renewable Energy Project if elected as local Member at the State election.
Mr Sutton said the investment would progress a mixed renewable microgrid incorporating solar and battery technology to supply reliable, renewable energy to Albany, Denmark, Walpole and surrounding regions.
“The Nationals are committed to ensuring the State’s long-term energy needs are met,” Mr Sutton said.
“Renewable energy is an important facet of the State’s energy mix and this $23 investment will support the ongoing growth and development of the sector.”
Mr Sutton said the proposal included the construction of two battery storage systems in Denmark and Walpole, and a wave farm off the coast of Albany to create a South Coast micro-grid.
The total project cost is around $168 million, with the Government’s contribution will be $23 million and the balance from the private sector. The investment would include:
$10.6 million to Western Power to connect the wave farm to the SWIS, and a Battery Energy Storage and Control system.
$11.1 million via the Denmark Community Windfarm Inc. towards the development of Solar PV systems
$700,000 to UWA Albany to assist with microgrid site investigation works, approvals and resource assessment.
Leader of The Nationals WA Brendon Grylls said that by feeding back into the South West Interconnected System, the project would increase the sustainability and reliability of power supply to communities in the region while creating local jobs.
“The only way to ensure this important project is delivered is to vote for Robbie Sutton and The Nationals WA,” Mr Grylls said.
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For media enquiries contact Robbie Sutton on 0412 096 299 or email Robbie.Sutton@nationalswa.com