Highlights

  • DevelopmentWA’s East Village at Knutsford, a former industrial site in Fremantle, Western Australia, 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.
  • Thirty six households with rooftop solar will be able to trade with each other via the battery with all “top up” electricity sourced from the grid accredited as 100% Greenpower.
  • According to independent modelling from DevelopmentWA, it is anticipated that the East Village residents could save up to 50% on their electricity costs.

Western Australian 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 Dr Jemma Green, co-founder and executive chairman 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)

Households will be able to trade electricity with each other via the battery utilising the Power Ledger uGrid and VPP platform features.

“Power Ledger’s platform allows residents to sell excess solar power from the panels on their roofs directly to their neighbours, with everyone saving money.” Said Dr Green

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

“Our energy trading software gives people the option to purchase affordable green energy, 24 hours a day,” said Dr Green.

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.

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.

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