“What we’re proposing to do here is evaluating the feasibility of building a micro-grid in Kalbarri that has a combination of solar, perhaps wind, and large scale battery storage that work together to create a level of self-sufficiency for the town,” he said.
“This particular trial — if we’re able to pull it off — will be the largest in Australia.
“There’ll be lessons from this that we can apply to the rest of Western Australia. But more importantly for the whole power industry nationally.”
Kalbarri Visitors Centre manager Tracy Grosvenor said she was glad something was finally being done.
“A lot of local businesses have suffered and I think Kalbarri relies on a lot of repeat visitation,” she said.
“So word of mouth is going a long way to turn people from not coming back because of the power failures.
“I think it will restore the faith in the community, we’ll start having a bit more trust in our power.”