Plan Announced for 1,000 Solar, Battery and Hydrogen Microgrids in Western Australia

Sophie Vorrath, editor of One Step off the Grid, reports on a Western Australia microgrid plan expected to save the government hundreds of millions of dollars in infrastructure costs. Western Australia’s Labor Party has announced plans to both build and install 1,000 standalone power systems – or SAPS – including solar, battery storage and … [Read more...]

Australian Group Seeks Funds to Study Microgrids for Area Hit Hard by Bushfires

The Southcoast Health and Sustainability Alliance (SHASA), an Australian organization focusing on climate change mitigation for the Eurobodalla region, has partnered with others to apply for funding to complete microgrid feasibility studies. Last summer's bushfires heavily impacted the Eurobodalla region, on the Southeast Australian coast, … [Read more...]

Australian Gold Mine Installs Large Renewable Microgrid

Aggreko, a provider of energy services, has completed the installation of a large renewable microgrid at Australia's Granny Smith gold mine for Gold Fields, the operator of the mine and one of the world’s largest gold miners. A combination of 7.7 MW of peak solar power and a 2 MW/1 MWh battery system, integrated with Aggreko’s existing 27 MW … [Read more...]

Australian Government Awards $13.2 million for Microgrid Feasibility Studies

The Australian government has awarded about $13.2 million (U.S.) for microgrid feasibility studies as part of a growing effort to bolster grid reliability and provide electricity in unserved areas across the continent. The June 5 awards were the first to be made by the Regional and Remote Communities Reliability Fund, which intends to … [Read more...]

Australian Town at Times Reaches 90% Renewables with Chevron-backed Microgrid

Sophie Gale from One Step of the Grid reports on a Chevron-backed microgrid in Western Australia that has significantly enhanced a town's ability to use renewables. Horizon Power’s poster child for the shift to a distributed renewable grid, the Western Australia (WA) Pilbara town of Onslow, says its solar and battery microgrid is already helping … [Read more...]

Australian Government Launches $50 Million Microgrid Funding Round

The Australian government, led by Prime Minister Scott Morrison, late last week boosted the nation's growing microgrid market with a new fund, as described by Sophie Vorrath of One Step Off the Grid. A $50 million fund to support the development of off-grid and fringe-of-grid stand-alone power systems around Australia has been launched by … [Read more...]

One of World’s Largest Miners Signs Deal to Install Hybrid Microgrid in Western Australia

Gold Fields, one of the world's largest gold miners, plans to deploy a hybrid microgrid at a mine in Western Australia with an eye toward applying lessons learned to its other operations. The South African company has signed a deal with Aggreko, UK-based off-grid and remote power systems specialist, to design, build and operate the … [Read more...]

Asia-Pacific Microgrid Market Poised for Exponential Growth: Frost & Sullivan

The Asia-Pacific microgrid market is poised for “exponential growth,” a 38.3 percent rise from $84.2 million in 2013 to $814.3 million in 2020, according to a new Frost & Sullivan report. Test pilots are underway in most countries – largely to secure resilient supply. Japan leads the pack, according to the report, “Analysis of the … [Read more...]