The Knutsford precinct includes the landholdings of LandCorp, the City of Fremantle and Western Power, as well as private owners. The development area has potential for approximately 1,000 new dwellings and more than 2,000 new residents, and is guided by the Swanbourne Street and Knutsford Street East Structure Plans. The scope of the study reported here is as follows:
- Develop an approximate electrical energy demand for the site;
- Develop a ‘net zero carbon’ concept for the precinct, based on renewable energy sources and battery storage;
- Explore potential governance arrangements for the strategy, including the commerciality for a service provider and costs to customers; and
- Recommend an implementation pathway.
The research reported here builds on the work carried out to date by Western Power and Balance Utility Solutions for Knutsford, reflects the previous studies by AUDRC and Kinesis, and incorporates the learnings from LandCorp’s landmark renewable energy microgrid at the Peel Business Park