The Carnarvon Shire hopes two new battery storage systems to be installed in the coastal town will boost the area’s renewable energy use and local economy.
Shire president Karl Brandenburg said solar energy had been so popular Horizon Power placed a moratorium on its use because current storage systems could not handle the amount of energy being produced.
The two new units will store the oversupply of energy produced by the solar panels and Mr Brandenburg hopes the new technology will have a positive impact on the town.
“That technology is really going to enhance the whole of Australia if it works, so yes if it all leads to a cheaper energy supply it’ll hopefully enhance the town and we’ll hopefully get some growth in it, so yes a really good outcome for Carnarvon,” he said.
Mr Brandenburg said he hoped new units would allow the moratorium on solar energy in Carnarvon to be removed.
“The batteries will allow that flexibility to allow those systems to be put in place and more people will be able to use solar voltaic systems on their roofs and hopefully keep the cost of energy down,” he said.