Solar Plus Storage Trial Set for Remote Australian Community

The remote Australian Northern Territory community of Daly River is set to be powered by solar and energy storage under the $55 million (US$43.5 million) Solar Energy Transformation Program (SETuP), according to the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA).

The Daly River solar project will incorporate a battery system that enables diesel engines to be turned off during the day.

Jointly funded by ARENA and the Northern Territory government, and managed by Northern Territory utility Power and Water, the project’s 2-MWh lithium-ion battery will be charged by 3,200 solar panels with 1-MW peak output, ARENA said.

In an Aug. 11 statement, ARENA CEO Ivor Frischknecht said the Daly River site trial was important in showing how renewable energy can reduce reliance on diesel.

“As battery costs reduce over the next few years, solar and battery technology will become more and more economically compelling as an alternative to traditional ways of powering remote communities,” Frischknecht said. “We’re excited to see the outcomes of the Daly River installation, which will help guide deployment of more renewable energy in other remote communities as the technology becomes more cost effective.”

Lead image credit: Toby Hudson | CC BY-SA 3.0 | Wikimedia Commons

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