The world’s largest solar company is considering rolling out a solar power plant in Perth that would provide electricity to about 10,000 homes and businesses in the region.
The company, PowerPulse, says it wants to build a 250MW solar farm that would cost about $30 million.
Its announcement came as Perth, home to the world’s third largest coal-fired power station, has been hit by the country’s worst power outages in two years.
Mr Dutton said the state was facing “the greatest energy crisis since the industrial revolution” and had to make a tough choice about how to respond.
“We’ve had this unprecedented heatwave for some time,” he said.
“If we don’t act now, Perth could well be in a heatwave like Australia’s greatest cities.”
He said the Perth Hydro and the Government were already investing $2.5 billion in the development of renewable energy.
“The Perth Hydro project is about putting up a green roof to provide electricity for the entire Perth metropolitan area,” he told reporters in Perth.
“There are a lot of green roof options out there that could have been developed in the past.”
He told reporters he was confident the project would be completed within five years.
“I think Perth will be able to get there by 2026,” he added.
“What we are seeing in Australia right now is a great example of the world moving forward and we need to take it in a different direction.”
Mr Dandy said the company was considering the purchase of solar panels to offset the cost of building the solar farm.
“It will be a lot cheaper to build solar panels than to do it yourself, but we think that’s the best option for the people of Perth,” he confirmed.
“So I think we are really looking at the options.”
The announcement comes as a federal court heard that PowerPaste was trying to delay a planned $100 million solar farm in Perth by using the Commonwealth’s Department of Energy and Resources (DERR) to delay approvals.
Mr Turnbull said he would look at the matter, but warned that the courts would determine whether the project was allowed to proceed.
“When it comes to renewable energy, the Federal Government will take a very strong view,” he later told reporters.
“This is an issue that the Federal government has a strong interest in and we will work with them on it.”
PowerPulse is a solar energy company with a portfolio of more than 20 projects across Australia.
It operates on the same power grid as the nation’s electricity market and is a member of the Renewable Energy Target (RET), which sets the wholesale electricity prices for the nation.
Its renewable energy portfolio is the third-largest in the world, according to data compiled by the Australian Energy Market Operator.
The Perth project would include solar panels, storage and energy management.