Skip to main content
Home

Parliamentary Questions

Question On Notice No. 1684 asked in the Legislative Council on 10 October 2018 by Hon Robin Chapple

Question Directed to the: Minister for Environment representing the Minister for Energy
Minister responding: Hon B.S. Wyatt
Parliament: 40 Session: 1
Question

I refer to question on notice No.1430, asked in the Legislative Council on Tuesday, 26 June 2018 by Hon Robin Chapple to the Minister for Environment representing the Minister for Energy, regarding the investment by the Mowanjum Community in solar PV, and I ask:
(a) on what date did Horizon Power deem the system to be unsafe;
(b) why was it deemed unsafe;
(c) on what date did Horizon Power switch off the system;
(d) on what date did Horizon Power provide the contact details of a qualified contractor to the community to arrange an inspection and quote to return the solar panels to full working order;
(e) has there been any follow up by Horizon Power to ensure the system has been safely reinstated; and
(f) if no to (e), why not?

Answered on 6 November 2018

(a) In April 2017 Horizon Power advised the Mowanjum Community Chief Executive Officer of its concerns about the safety of the system.

(b) The panels were in a state of disrepair with several panels smashed, evidence of graffiti, and conduits and wires hanging loose.

(c) 27 July 2017.

(d) In April 2017, Horizon Power contacted Gully’s Electrical, an electrical contractor, on behalf of the community.

(e) No.

(f) In order to undertake an inspection, Horizon Power must receive a completed Notice of Completion for notifiable electrical work. This documentation has not been submitted to Horizon Power.

The Hon Robin Chapple was scheduled for a briefing by Horizon Power to discuss this matter on 19 July 2018, however was unable to attend. The offer for a briefing in Broome or at another suitable location remains open.