Shire of Derby & Derby Hospital


$5.2 million

Key Dates :

Planning, design and procurement by end of Dec 2020. Installation and commissioning by June 2021

Benefits :

Reduce energy bills, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, improve town infrastructure and identify streetlight outages in real time. Improve liveability and safety in Derby, particularly in the evenings.

Project overview

The Shire of Derby’s remoteness and rugged environment make it a difficult and expensive region to supply energy to. By installing a roof-mounted solar PV system and a renewable energy smoothing battery at the Derby Hospital, and roof-mounted solar PV systems across the Shire’s portfolio of buildings, we will dramatically reduce their energy bills and greenhouse gas emissions.

When the sun goes down, we will still help the Shire save by converting more than 1,100 streetlights to energy-efficient smart LED streetlights. In addition to improving night-time visibility, smart lights allow us to monitor outages and optimise streetlight performance in real-time.


    What's happening now

    Horizon Power Hut

    In early August, our CEO and the Minister for Energy were joined by more than 100 Derby locals to officially open the Derby Memorial Swimming Pool’s brand new solar shade, Horizon Power Hut.

    The community event also celebrated the completion of the rooftop solar installations on 13 Shire of Derby/West Kimberley buildings and more than 1,100 smart LED streetlight upgrades across the Shire.

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    What's happening now

    Community heart in the art

    We’ve teamed up with local artist Jess Bidewell and more than 50 Derby kids to create a vibrant, 7m long mural of Derby’s underwater wildlife that we’ll be installing with the new solar shade at the Derby Pool.

    The Derby Pool attracts nearly 20,000 visits each year, so with an audience that big, there’s plenty for these budding artists to be proud of.

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    What's happening now

    Smarter, brighter, safer

    We’ve installed more than 1,100 energy-efficient lights across the Shire of Derby/West Kimberley since mid-Feb, with only a handful left to go in before we wrap up.

    The smart LEDs are brighter, greener and more reliable than the old ones, and they’ll significantly reduce the Shire’s electricity costs too. So many wins!

    What's happening now

    Installs underway

    Remote Solar Solutions has already installed 11 of the 13 rooftop solar systems destined for Shire of Derby/West Kimberley buildings.

    The solar systems will save the Shire more than $130,000 in electricity costs each year and reduce greenhouse emissions by more than 230 tonnes per year.

    What's happening now

    Keeping it local

    In January, we awarded Derby locals, Remote Solar Solutions, the contract to install up to 300kW of rooftop solar on Shire of Derby/West Kimberley buildings, including a solar shade shelter that will be going up at the Derby Pool.

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    What does this mean for my community?

    Energy Savings
    Delivers significant energy bill savings that can be reinvested into healthcare and community services.
    Environmentally Friendly
    Delivers a cleaner, greener energy supply to reduce the Shire's carbon footprint.
    Community First
    Creates local jobs during the delivery phase and frees up budget for more community services.
    Improved Safety
    Safer streets at night due to more reliable street lighting and faster outage response times.