The Microgrid Knowledge Australia Channel

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

Microgrid to Help Australian Farmers Tackle Energy Pain Points

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Sophie Vorrath, deputy editor of One Step off the Grid, describes a newly funded demonstration microgrid to help Australian farmers. A Victorian solar and storage microgrid project geared at helping Australian farmers to tackle energy-related “pain points,” including rising power prices and unreliable supply, has won state government … [Read more...]

What is a Virtual Power Plant?

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A virtual power plant turns on its head the traditional idea of relying on big, centralized power plants for predictable power. But what is it exactly? And who uses virtual power plants and why?   A virtual power plant works remotely to combine a number of independent energy resources from disparate locations into a network that provides … [Read more...]

What’s Driving Microgrids toward a $30.9B Market?

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A forecast issued this week by Navigant Research identifies several new trends emerging in the global microgrid market as it moves toward becoming a $30.9 billion industry by 2027. The number of vendors in the arena has increased dramatically. Utilities, once seen as obstructers to microgrids, are now building their own. Microgrid growth is … [Read more...]

Enwave Wins Bid for South Australia District Energy System

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Enwave has won a bid to install a district energy system that incorporates one of Australia’s largest rooftop solar arrays for the Tonsley Innovation District in Adelaide, South Australia's capital city. Enwave Energy plans to invest about $40 million over a 50-year period on photovoltaics, battery storage, smart technologies and future … [Read more...]

Win for Virtual Power Plants and Aggregations in Australia

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Giles Parkinson, founder and owner of RenewEconomy, describes a wholesale market decision that is expected to boost virtual power plants and energy aggregations in Australia. Tesla and other proponents of virtual power plants and demand management schemes have scored a significant win after the country’s main energy market rule maker … [Read more...]

Batteries, Solar, Wind, Australia and Japan: All Winners in New Bloomberg NEF Forecast

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The winners are batteries, wind, solar, and the decentralized energy systems of Australia and Japan, in a forecast issued today by Bloomberg New Energy Finance (NEF). Coal is the loser. Of the $11.5 trillion that the world will invest in power from 2018 to 2050, $8.4 trillion will go to wind and solar and $548 billion to batteries, according to … [Read more...]

New Microgrid for South Australia, Storage for San Diego, and Off-Grid Electricity for Uganda

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South Australia microgrid to provide secure power for transmission network Australia continues to be a mecca for microgrid projects with another announced today, this one for Electranet, South Australia’s principal transmission network service provider. The microgrid is being installed to ensure stable power supply in an area with … [Read more...]

Australia’s Largest Hybrid Renewables Microgrid Awards Contracts

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RenewEconomy's Deputy Editor Sophie Vorrath reports on recent milestones reached by Australia's largest hybrid renewables microgrid project. The plans of Western Australia regional utility Horizon Power to develop what it claims will be Australia’s largest hybrid renewables microgrid are edging closer to completion, after the awarding of the … [Read more...]

Microgrid Industry Built on the Burning Platform of the Day: Microgrid 2018

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How important to the growth of the microgrid industry are storms and disasters? That was one of the questions panelists addressed at Microgrid 2018, a conference that drew about 400 participants to Chicago. The panelists also identified cost as a barrier to growth, but some offered innovative solutions to cost challenges. Another … [Read more...]

Microgrids Part of Backbone of New Grid, says EEI & International Electricity Groups

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The Edison Electric Institute (EEI) and similar organizations from Australia, Canada, Europe and Japan joined forces this week to support modernizing the grid and including microgrids as part of the backbone. Meeting in Washington, D.C. for the International Electricity Summit, leaders from major electric power associations issued a joint … [Read more...]