Highlights

  • DevelopmentWA’s East Village at Knutsford, a former industrial site in Fremantle, will be a showcase for energy-efficient residential infill development, featuring a micro grid supply network for water and power and a 670 kWh on-site battery.
  • Residents will be consuming electricity sourced from their own and neighbouring residents’ rooftop PVs, with all “top up” electricity from the grid accredited as 100% Greenpower.
  • According to independent modelling, it is anticipated that the East Village residents could save up to 50% on their electricity costs.

WA Government land developer DevelopmentWA has unveiled a 100 per cent renewable energy residential development in partnership with Power Ledger, Curtin University and the Australian Government Smart Cities initiative.

DevelopmentWA’s East Village at Knutsford, a former industrial site in Fremantle, will be a showcase for energy-efficient residential infill development, featuring a micro grid supply network for water and power and a 670 kWh on-site battery.

“The property industry is in a unique position to drive energy change from the ground up. This project highlights how developers can choose to make smarter, more efficient choices when it comes to homes,” said David Martin, non-executive director and co-founder of Power Ledger.

Mayor of Fremantle Dr Brad Pettitt, Power Ledger Co-founder and Chair Dr Jemma Green, Curtin University Sustainability Institute, Director JBA Dr Josh Byrne, and Minister for Lands Ben Wyatt. (L-R)

The development is part of the Australian Government’s Smart Cities and Suburbs initiative, which will see a 670kW/h shared battery ultimately owned and shared by the individual homeowners.

“Power Ledger’s platform allows residents to sell excess solar power from the panels on their roofs directly to their neighbours at a better price, rather than selling back to the traditional grid.”

The 36 townhouses at East Village will generate their own power using minimum 6kW rooftop solar PV systems, share locally-generated energy across a micro grid, and have access to a shared electric vehicle charging station.

“Our energy trading software gives people the option to purchase green energy rather than energy from fossil fuel sources, even if they don’t have solar panels on their own home,” said Mr Martin.

The development includes a microgrid supply network for water and power, a shared on-site battery provided by Power Ledger, and each home will be fitted with an electric vehicle charger.

“The mix of innovations at East Village at Knutsford provides a great insight into what it is possible for us to achieve in modern sustainable residential infill developments,” said WA Government Lands Minister Ben Wyatt.

Using solar PVs, battery storage and green electricity from the grid, the 1.5-hectare development will exemplify the possibilities for affordable and sustainable living in Western Australia.

“DevelopmentWA is leading by doing, and this project demonstrates to the wider construction industry just what is possible in creating connected and affordable communities,” said Mr Wyatt.

East Village at Knutsford will be tracked and assessed by an on-site living laboratory, in partnership with Curtin University. The research program will build a dataset to demonstrate the value of the innovations and work towards WA’s second One Planet Living accreditation.

Power Ledger’s SaaS energy trading platform is currently being trialled in several places across Western Australia as well as in Thailand, Japan, India and the United States.