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Environs Kimberley report calls for Broome to source 80 per cent of energy from renewables

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Solar panels at Broome Boulevard Shopping Centre.
Camera IconSolar panels at Broome Boulevard Shopping Centre. Credit: Supplied

Broome could generate over 80 per cent of its electricity with renewable energy at three-quarters of the price of gas-fired generation, according to a new study.

The study, conducted by advocacy group Sustainable Energy Now, assessed the feasibility of transitioning Broome’s electricity generation to a renewable source, and comes as Australia strives to move toward net-zero emissions by 2050.

The Western Australian government has pledged to reduce emissions by 80 per cent by 2030.

Dr Rob Phillips presented the findings in Broome on Monday to more than sixty residents, industry representatives and community leaders.

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“This plan will enable any landowner in Broome to install solar on their own rooftop. High penetration of renewables with batteries in the Kimberley will drastically reduce the amount of fuel required for generation, increasing resilience in flood events,” he said.

The report was commissioned by conservation group Environs Kimberley and Lock the Gate.

“Broome has the potential to become a leader in renewable energy, and this study shows that the transition to a clean energy future is not only feasible but also cheaper,” Environs Kimberley spokesperson Martin Pritchard said.

“This is a perfect opportunity for the McGowan government to support the transition to renewables in Broome. It fits in perfectly with the State Government’s commitment to emissions reduction.”

The shift to renewable energy generation could happen at the conclusion of the existing liquefied natural gas (LNG) generation contract in 2027, the report found.

The transition would be achieved by a mix of rooftop solar panels and solar farms, with substantial battery storage.

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