Cutting-edge distributed energy resources (DER) technology trials involving about 80 Horizon Power customers in Carnarvon were awarded a joint Silver in the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Energy Smart Communities Initiative Best Practice Awards.
The purpose of the awards is to aid APEC economies in achieving their energy intensity reduction goals by disseminating best practices in buildings, transportation, smart grids, and green jobs.
As part of the three-year trials, which commenced in 2018, Horizon Power has fitted each of the participants’ systems with internet of things technology to gather solar and battery performance data.
Horizon Power will marry this data together with weather data, power station performance and network operation data.
The data collected will assist Horizon Power to explore the most economically efficient ways to design and manage a future grid with high levels of distributed energy resources, reduce dependence on centralised fossil fuelled generation and reduce carbon emissions.
The research has been endorsed by the Federal Government, with Horizon Power receiving $1.92 million of funding through the Australian Renewable Energy Agency.
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