The Microgrid Knowledge Australia Channel

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

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...]

Major Australian Power Retailer Trials Peer-to-Peer Energy Trading

blockchain energy trading

Sophie Vorrath of One Step Off the Grid describes a new peer-to-peer blockchain energy trading trial underway in Australia. Another of Australia’s major power retailers, Origin Energy, has dipped its toe into the peer-to-peer energy trading future, with the launch of a trial with Perth-based blockchain energy market provider, Power … [Read more...]

Microgrid Knowledge Seeks Input for its 2017 Survey

Microgrid Knowledge 2017 Survey

Who’s building microgrids, where and why? Please share your insights by taking the Microgrid Knowledge 2017 Survey, now live here. It will take just 10 minutes (or less) to answer the questions. And in return we’ll be sure you are among the first to receive the results. Just leave your email (optional) at the end of the survey, and we’ll … [Read more...]

Australian Battery Storage Market Heats up as Tesla and Sonnen Vie for Position

Australian battery storage market

One Step Off the Grid's Sophie Vorrath describes the latest moves by Tesla rival, Sonnen, as the Australian battery storage market heats up. NSW-based Natural Solar said on Monday it was taking the role of premier Sonnen installer in the Australian market, rolling out the first series of sonnenFlat installations around the country, much as it … [Read more...]

Australian Microgrid Project Hits Snag Over Wind Farm Visuals

Australian microgrid

One Step Off the Grid's Sophie Vorrath describes opposition to an Australian microgrid project because of the visual impact of its wind turbines. Plans to install a hybrid renewable energy plus battery storage microgrid at New South Wales’ Lord Howe Island, and slash its diesel fuel use, have hit a major political snag, after the federal … [Read more...]

Australian State to issue $15.8M Microgrid RFP and Opportunities from NREL and USTDA

microgrid RFP

Victoria, Australia plans microgrid RFP The government of Victoria, Australia, says it will issue a microgrid RFP that offers $15.8 million over four years for demonstration projects that use renewable energy, energy storage and demand management technologies. The state plans to seek expressions of interest in May or June, and will followup … [Read more...]

Horizon Power’s Plan to Become the Leading Company for Microgrids in the World

leading company for microgrids

RenewEconomy’s Giles Parkinson describes an effort by Australia's Horizon Power to reduce fossil fuel subsidies and become the leading company for microgrids in the world. The Australian government’s official position on fossil fuel subsidies is that it doesn’t pay any. Leaving aside the unmet environmental and climate costs of burning fossil … [Read more...]