The Microgrid Knowledge Australia Channel

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

We’re Seeking Speakers for Microgrid 2022!

Microgrid Knowledge today began accepting speaker applications for its annual conference, Microgrid 2022: Microgrids as Climate Heroes, the largest global gathering of the microgrid community, to be held this year in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, June 1-2, 2022. The event will feature the kind of thought-provoking and lively content that … [Read more...]

Australia’s Victorian Government Works with Three Towns on Community Microgrids

Sophie Vorrath of "One Step Off The Grid" describes government plans to explore community microgrids for towns in Victoria, Australia. Some of the Victorian towns that were the hardest hit in the 2019-2020 Black Summer of bushfires have been invited to explore how “energy resilient” microgrids could be used to help keep their communities … [Read more...]

Australian Utility Western Power Issues RFP for Remote Microgrid

Utility group Western Power has issued a request for proposals (RFP) to pilot a disconnected microgrid in the Midwest, Wheatbelt or Great Southern region of Western Australia. The Western Australian Government-owned utility is seeking registrations of interest to understand the capability and capacity of the market to develop a microgrid … [Read more...]

Why Don’t More Companies Use Microgrids in their Climate Disaster Plans?

Wondering why more companies aren’t incorporating microgrids into their climate disaster plans? The answer may be pretty simple. They still don’t know what microgrids are. That’s one of the findings from research released today by Schneider Electric about how organizations are transforming their business models in response to climate … [Read more...]

Federal Agency in Australia Opens Applications for $50M in Microgrid Funding

Petra Stock of RenewEconomy describes $50 million in microgrid funding being made available in Australia for remote projects. Regional renewable energy microgrid projects can now apply for funding as the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) launches a new $50 million program to improve the resilience and reliability of electricity … [Read more...]

APA Group Builds Hybrid Microgrid for Australian Mine

APA Group intends to bring a hybrid microgrid online late this year at the Gruyere Gold Mine in Western Australia. The project will increase the installed capacity at the mine to 64 MW from 45 MW, according to APA, an energy infrastructure company based in Sydney, Australia. In the project’s first phase, APA is adding a twelfth … [Read more...]

Australia Issues $18.8 Million for Remote and Regional Microgrid Projects

RenewEconomy's Michael Mazengarb describes a new round of Australian microgrid funding. Twenty remote and regional microgrid projects have received a funding boost, including communities hit by the destructive bushfires, as part of a new push to boost reliability and  increase the use of renewable energy in regional Australia. A total of … [Read more...]

In Landmark Feat, Australian Community Microgrid Runs on 100% Solar Plus Storage

Onslow, a remote town in Western Australia, got all its electricity for 80 minutes from solar power, a first-ever feat that shows how an advanced microgrid controller and a distributed energy resources management system (DERMS) can help communities use increasing amounts of renewable energy without grid stability issues, according to the Horizon … [Read more...]

Western Australia Microgrid Moves Town Away from Diesel with Wind and Batteries

One Step Off The Grid's Sophie Vorrath describes an innovative Western Australia microgrid that is reducing a coastal town's reliance on diesel. The remote Western Australia coastal town of Coral Bay is chipping away at its reliance on diesel fuel for power with the addition of a 576kW/343kWh lithium-ion battery system to the community’s … [Read more...]

How to Bring Microgrids to Areas Without Electricity

The challenges of bringing microgrids to the more than 800 million people who lack electricity include costs, technology and financing, according to panelists at a Microgrid 2021 session on "New Strategies to Hasten Microgrid Adoption in Remote Regions." But one of the underlying keys to success is understanding the needs of the communities the … [Read more...]