Horizon Power's Pippunyah Solar Diesel Power Station has earned the distinction of being the world’s foremost solar-diesel powered production facility. The new station constructed with an investment of $34 million utilizes the solar panels supplied by one of the leading solar panel manufacturing firms in Australia. The station was christened Pippunyah being the name of the river that runs under the power station.
The power station is designed to generate 1048 MWh of solar power annually to meet the 65% power requirement of the region during day time. The power produced by the station will offset an estimated 1119 tons of greenhouse gas emissions annually and save around 35 to 40% of equal amount of diesel per year. The power project has received funding from the Federal Government under its remote power generation program and installation of the project was managed by Western Australia’s Office of Energy. The power station has started its power production during May this year and testing of the facility was completed only at the end of July.
During the inauguration of the facility Norman Moore, Western Australia’s Mines and Petroleum Minister, said that the Marble Bar on which the facility is located holds the world record for maintaining maximum temperature for a number of days and will become the first power generation technology in the world.