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Parliamentary Questions

Question Without Notice No. 1084 asked in the Legislative Council on 25 September 2019 by Hon Ken Baston

Minister responding: Hon W.J. Johnston
Parliament: 40 Session: 1

Answered on 25 September 2019


1084. Hon KEN BASTON to the minister representing the Minister for Energy:

I refer to grid-connected solar availability in Broome.

(1) Is Horizon Power actively working towards allowing more grid-connected solar places to be available to residents and businesses in Broome?

(2) If yes to (1), what does this work involve, and what are the approximate costs involved in allowing more grid-connected solar places on the Broome electricity grid?

(3) If yes to (1), can the minister provide an indication of when more places will be available for residents and businesses to use grid-connected solar installations?


I thank the honourable member for some notice of the question. The following information has been provided to me by the Minister for Energy.

(1) Yes.

(2) Horizon Power regularly reviews solar hosting capacity for towns, including Broome, in its service area. A recent review resulted in lifting the hosting capacity in Broome by 2.1 megawatts since July 2019. Horizon Power also conducts detailed technical studies to understand the available hosting capacity in each town. Horizon Power is conducting several technical trials, such as those in Carnarvon, Broome and Onslow, to identify a cost-effective solution for orchestrating rooftop solar as a means of enabling greater renewable energy to be connected to the network.

(3) The Broome hosting capacity limit has since been taken up by customer applications. Within the next 12 months, Horizon Power will conduct a further review once all resultant solar connections have been completed.