“Off the Grid” – Pilbara Meta Maya Regional Aboriginal Corporation (PMMRAC) is delighted to announce that EMC Solar Construction (EMC) has been engaged to take the Corporation’s Port Hedland offices, workshop and depot off the Horizon Power Grid.
EMC will design and build an independent solar power station at PMMRAC’s premises in Wedgefield, Port Hedland. The solar power station will generate and store 100% of PMMRAC's
electricity needs at a more competitive price than the Horizon Power tariffs for the Pilbara region.
With a vested interest in renewable energy, this is the first step in PMMRAC’s vision to be a sustainable organisation. On completion, PMMRAC and EMC will be working together on
developing sustainable energy solutions for business, mining companies, pastoral leases and Aboriginal communities across the Pilbara, Gascoyne and Murchison regions.
Luke van Zeller, General Manager of PMMRAC, said, “EMC had been engaged to install a grid connect solar array at our new office and depot in Port Hedland, but due to constraints required
by Horizon Power, the system was not financially viable. EMC were able to engineer and demonstrate that we would be better off installing a larger solar array connected to a large battery that would produce and store all of the energy we would need, and at a lower cost than our current Horizon tariff. “
John Davidson, Managing Director of EMC, said, “We are seeing an increase in the number of energy consumers who are willing to take courageous efforts to side-step the constraints that are
being imposed on them by the electricity suppliers”. “Meta Maya is one of those companies that has a vested interest in finding better ways to provide power and water services to the remote
communities of Western Australia. We are very proud to have been selected to deliver this market making project to Meta Maya and we are gearing up to meet the very strong market
demand that we are seeing for both off-grid and on-grid applications for solar energy storage.”