SA Water's Project Zero: Targeting net zero electricity costs using solar

Last Modified: Mon Jul 30 2018 06:53:38 GMT+0530 (India Standard Time)
  • 2020
    Year by when SA Water aims to realise its ambitious goal of achieving zero net electricity costs.
  • $55 million
    The company's electricity costs in 2016-17 (on consumption of 220 GWh). SA Water Chief Executive Roch Cheroux said neutralising this cost will produce an operational saving to be passed on to customers in keeping with the objectives of the independent regulatory process.
  • 152 MW
    of solar PV capacity along with 35 MW of battery storage that SA Water is looking to install over the next two years.
  • 70
    Number of sites over which the capacity will be built. Installation across these sites is estimated to generate 250 construction jobs.
  • 100 kW
    Solar PV capacity with 50 kW battery storage built at its Crystal Brook Depot as part of a pilot project.
  • 6 MW
    of generation capacity targeted at at treatment facilities in metropolitan Adelaide per an announcement in Dec 2017 with an investment of $10 million set aside.
  • May 2018
    Installation of solar panels at Hope Valley Water Treatment Plant, Christies Beach Wastewater Treatment Plant and Glenelg Wastewater Treatment Plant commences and is expected to take around six months to complete.
  • 7,000 MWh
    Electricity generated annually from Hydroelectric systems at Hope Valley, Seacliff Park and the Adelaide Desalination Plant (ADP) supply approximately 7000 megawatt.
  • 16 Jul 2018
    Four solar companies shortlisted to tender for the installation of 500,000 solar panels on key SA Water infrastructure. Under the tender, 154 megawatts of solar capacity and approximately 34 megawatt-hours of energy storage is to be installed. The solar energy aspect will generate electricity equivalent to the requirements of 50,000 average South Australian homes.