The Microgrid Knowledge Australia Channel

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

Launch Alaska Funds Microgrid-Related Technology…Plus News from Australia and Maryland

microgrid-related technology

Microgrid-related technology wins Launch Alaska funds Launch Alaska has selected four companies, some with microgrid-related technology, to participate in its 2018 business accelerator in Anchorage, Alaska. The participants will complete a four-month intensive program and receive mentorship, business training, business services, and $75,000 in … [Read more...]

Western Australian Awards Contract for Innovative Kalbarri Microgrid

Kalbarri Microgrid

Western Power has awarded a contract for its innovative Kalbarri microgrid, which may offer a model for remote towns with feeder line problems. The Western Australia state-owned utility chose partners Energy Made Clean (EMC), a microgrid developer, and Lendlease, an infrastructure group, to construct $6.8 million in generation for the … [Read more...]

South Australia to Build World’s Largest Virtual Power Plant and Sizable Solar Microgrid

virtual power plant

South Australia lit up the distributed energy map yesterday with word that it will build the world’s biggest virtual power plant and a separate, sizable commercial solar microgrid. The 250-MW virtual power plant, which will use Tesla Powerwalls, will encompass 50,000 homes at full build-out in four years. The homes will be networked via … [Read more...]

How Many Microgrids Are There Exactly?

how many microgrids

Trying to determine how many microgrids exist in the world is not easy. No central registry exists. And while some microgrids receive global publicity, others are quietly operating in places as far-flung as the remote Himalayas. Navigant Research has been hard at work trying to track down exactly how many microgrids are out there. The research … [Read more...]

The Real Cause of Blackouts in Australia and the Drive for Distributed Energy

blackouts in Australia

RenewEconomy's Sophie Vorrath explains the true cause of blackouts in Australia and what's driving consumers to install solar plus storage. Electricity outages that left tens of thousands of Victorian households without power on Sunday and Monday turned up a few interesting home truths about Australia’s national energy market. One of those, … [Read more...]

ABB Takes Microgrid Offshore…Who’s Top for C&I Storage?…King Offers DER Bill in Senate


ABB to install microgrid on offshore production platform ABB plans to install a solar plus storage microgrid for an offshore platform operated by Woodside, Australia’s largest independent oil and gas company. The system will be installed on the Goodwyn A platform to help Woodside achieve its 2020 goal of reducing carbon emissions. The system … [Read more...]

Zibelman Sees Australia Becoming World Leader in Distributed Grid Technology

Audrey Zibelman

Audrey Zibelman, CEO of the Australian Energy Market Operator and former chair of the New York Public Service Commission, talks to Giles Parkinson of RenewEconomy about the rise of distributed energy and Australia's leadership role in the transition. Australian Energy Market Operator CEO Audrey Zibelman says Australia will be a world leader … [Read more...]

Western Australia Utility Tests Solar Plus Storage, Microgrids to Reduce Fossil Fuel Use

solar plus storage

Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARNEA) has awarded Western Australia's Horizon Power US$1.44 million toward a distributed solar plus storage microgrid to test how weather affects behind-the-meter solar networks and improve upon microgrids. The ultimate goal is to reduce reliance on fossil fuel power generation while delivering reliable, … [Read more...]

Schneider, Planet Ark Power Win Grant for Renewable Microgrid in South Australia

renewable microgrid

Australian-based Planet Ark Power and multinational partner Schneider Electric have won a $1.95 million grant towards a $13.9 million renewable microgrid at a major distribution center in South Australia's capital city Adelaide. The project includes a microgrid management system governing 5.7 MW of solar photovoltaics and 2.9 MWh of battery … [Read more...]

Sonnen to Announce Microgrid for Housing Development in Australia

residential development microgrid

Giles Parkinson of RenewEconomy describes plans for Sonnen's first residential development microgrid in Australia, similar to its project underway in Prescott, Arizona. German battery storage manufacturer Sonnen is about to announce the first its Australian “SonnenCity” project, a new housing estate built with solar and storage that acts as a … [Read more...]