The Microgrid Knowledge Australia Channel

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

Australia’s largest rooftop solar microgrid coming to logistics facility

The largest intermodal freight and logistics facility in Australia will soon be powered by what's said to be the country's largest rooftop solar microgrid. Solar Bay will install and operate a microgrid at the Moorebank Logistics Park (MLP) in Sydney, Australia. The solar microgrid will include a 60-MW rooftop solar array, a 150-MWh battery … [Read more...]

AGL Energy to build microgrid in partnership with commercial orchard

Sophie Gale of One Step Off The Grid reports on an agricultural microgrid in Australia planned by a gen-tailer — a large utility with a combined generator and retail businesses — and a commercial orchard. Major Australian gen-tailer AGL Energy will partner with a fruit and tree nut farmer in the New South Wales Riverina region to shift the … [Read more...]

Horizon Power announces DERMS rollout for 34 microgrids

Horizon Power plans to launch distributed energy resources management system (DERMS) technology across its microgrids in Western Australia to ease the integration of customer- and utility-owned distributed energy resources. The regional utility first demonstrated what it calls the microgrid of the future in Onslow, a remote coastal community of … [Read more...]

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...]