It takes a lot of energy to treat and transport safe, clean drinking water and used water. That’s why we’re investing up to $304 million in solar generation and storage. Throughout 2019 and 2020, we’re installing 154 megawatts (MW) of new solar arrays and 34 megawatt hours of energy storage at around 70 sites across the state.
This will help us move towards our ambitious - but within reach - goal of achieving zero net electricity costs from 2020. As one of the largest electricity users in South Australia, improving energy management will help us continue to provide reliable services and manage long-term prices for our customers.
This major state-wide investment builds upon an initial $10 million for up to 6 MW of solar panels at our treatment facilities in metropolitan Adelaide, with those arrays now in place at Hope Valley, Christies Beach and Glenelg.
A pilot project was also completed at our Crystal Brook Workshop in June 2018, with the installation of 100 kilowatts of solar PV and a 50 kilowatt hour battery storage system.
These projects complement a range of our other existing energy initiatives like biogas and hydroelectric generation, and trading as a market participant.