The Shire of Derby/West Kimberley welcomes the recent announcement by the State Government to invest $5.21 million in renewable energy projects across Derby and the West Kimberley community.
Shire President Geoff Haerewa said he was thrilled with the announcement, which is part of the WA McGowan Government’s Kimberley Recovery Plan and the State response to the economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The McGowan Government has unveiled a $110.9 million package for the Kimberley to help drive economic and social recovery and create local jobs.
Shire President Haerewa said the investment would see the installation of solar PV systems on Council buildings; the replacement of street lights with energy efficient LEDs, and a large-scale solar panel and battery at Derby Health Campus.
“I would particularly like to thank Horizon Power and the State Government for helping to make this a reality,” Cr Haerewa said.
“The investment in solar will allow us to improve the Shire’s renewable energy footprint, allowing more money to be available for community programs and services.
“The energy efficient LED smart lighting will also improve security on our streets and help keep the community safe.”
Photo caption: L-R Shire of Derby/West Kimberley Shire President, Geoff Haerewa with Premier Mark McGowan and CEO of Horizon Power, Stephanie Unwin, at the Kimberley Recovery Plan announcement