New South Wales distribution grid company Endeavor Energy has announced plans to accelerate its first community microgrid, a $4.8 million renewable energy-based power system that will power two coastal communities during network outages.
The microgrid is still in its infancy; Endeavor Energy CEO Guy Chlakey said Friday that the announcement of state government funding for the project would kick off a program of consultation with communities on the south coast of New South Wales from Bawley Point and Kioloa and other stakeholders.
But it is one of many projects proposed, planned and deployed by grid companies across Australia, with the aim of providing a swath of grid communities with a more reliable, cheaper and more sustainable power supply. – especially those exposed to both constant network instability and extreme weather events and natural disasters.
Research published earlier this month by the University of Technology Sydney found that installing microgrids powered by renewable energy as a backup power source could ensure that regional communities are not cut off from the critical supply of energy, fuel and food when disasters such as bushfires and floods strike. .
And a project launched last year and led by the Australian National University assessed the feasibility of transitioning a number of regional communities in NSW from networks exposed to bushfires and other natural disasters to a resilient network of island renewables and battery-based micro-grids.
Supported by federal government funding, the Southcoast Microgrid Reliability Feasibility (SµRF) project is led by ANU’s Battery Storage and Grid Integration program in partnership with the Southcoast Health and Sustainability Alliance (SHASA), the Essential Energy grid company and technology company Zepben.
The Endeavor Energy microgrid project is supported by the NSW Government’s Bushfire Local Economic Recovery Fund, while Shoalhaven Town Council has provided a site for the microgrid battery which will eventually replace the diesel generator currently used to support local supply in electricity.
“This is an exciting opportunity to partner with the residents and businesses of Bawley Point and Kioloa to launch innovative, customer-focused energy solutions that secure the future of our communities, today and beyond. beyond,” Chalkey said.
“Microgrids eliminate the need for large substations, so over time these savings will be passed on to customers. It’s a win for them, the grid, and the environment, because our grid creates the kind of lasting benefits we all want.
To express your interest in participating in the community consultation, visit yoursay.endeavourenergy.com.au.