The Microgrid Knowledge Australia Channel

News and feature articles on microgrids in Australia including RFP's, policies and players impacting the region.

Australian university studies possible network of coastal microgrids in New South Wales

One Step Off The Grid’s Sophie Vorrath describes an Australian university's plan to investigate a possible network of coastal microgrids in New South Wales Eurobodalla Shire, a region vulnerable to power outages. A project led by the Australian National University (ANU) has selected eight sites on the New South Wales south coast for a deeper … [Read more...]

In Australia, New South Wales’ grid operator goes against the convention and pursues a microgrid

Renew Economy's Giles Parkinson describes a bold move in Australia by New South Wales grid operator Transgrid to pursue a microgrid over a more conventional diesel option. Plans to power the remote New South Wales mining city of Broken Hill with a world-first renewable microgrid have been revived after transmission company Transgrid found a … [Read more...]

Microgrid Knowledge announces finalists for 2022 Microgrid Greater Good Awards

Microgrid Knowledge has released the names of the eight finalists for this year’s Microgrid Greater Good Awards. From the eight finalists, four winners will be selected and announced at Microgrid 2022, which will be held June 1-2 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Now in its fourth year, the Microgrid Greater Good Awards celebrate microgrids that … [Read more...]

Look Ma, no grid! Five life-changing microgrids with no tie to a central grid

In modern electrical infrastructure like the US, microgrids usually operate connected to the utility grid except when they temporarily withdraw because the grid is down or because disconnecting offers price or energy management advantages. But worldwide, many microgrids have no grid connection because, well, there is no grid, or at least … [Read more...]

Microgrid to power two communities in New South Wales

One Step Off The Grid's Sophie Vorrath describes a microgrid planned for Australia's New South Wales that will power two communities. New South Wales distribution network company Endeavour Energy has announced plans to fast-track its first community microgrid, a $4.8 million renewable energy based power system that will be able to power two … [Read more...]

Australian government awards $18.7 million contract for Daintree Microgrid

The Australian government recently announced that it has awarded Volt Advisory Group AU$18.75 million over three years to develop the Daintree Microgrid Project, an innovative renewable energy microgrid in Queensland. The project will begin construction this year and is expected to be operational by 2024. The Daintree rainforest is in the … [Read more...]

All-renewable 5 MW Kalbarri microgrid goes live in Western Australia

Sophie Vorrath of One Step Off The Grid reports on the activation of an all-renewable microgrid that will back up the unsteady grid connection in the Western Australia town of Kalbarri. Western Australia has flicked the switch on one of Australia’s largest and most sophisticated microgrids, a 5 MW mix of solar, wind and battery storage that … [Read more...]

Ikea’s microgrid in Australia reaches milestone

Sophie Vorrath of One Step Off The Grid provides an update on a microgrid being built by Ikea in Adelaide, the capital city of South Australia. The groundbreaking solar and battery microgrid being built to power the Adelaide store of Swedish furniture giant, Ikea, has reached a major milestone, after the rooftop PV component of the project … [Read more...]

Want to speak at Microgrid 2022? Deadline is Feb. 1

The deadline is just a few weeks away to apply to speak at Microgrid 2022: Microgrids as Climate Heroes to be held June 1-2 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, a city central to the vibrant microgrid markets of the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic states. Microgrid Knowledge's annual conference is the largest worldwide gathering of the microgrid … [Read more...]

22 intriguing microgrid projects to watch in 2022

Last year one of the most read articles on Microgrid Knowledge was “21 Intriguing Microgrid Projects to Watch in 2021,” so this year we’re offering up a new list for 2022. The microgrid industry has been busy — there was no shortage of projects to choose from. In fact, our initial list netted twice what we needed. Since it’s 2022 not 2044, … [Read more...]