24 Jul '17, 11am

Off-grid solar and storage brought to ten remote Australian indigenous communities

The overall plan is to expand the hybrid projects to an additional 18 communities. Flickr: Robert Young Ten indigenous communities in Australia are set to be powered by hybrid solar PV and diesel systems in the first phase of an AU$55 million (US$43.8 million) project. Ivor Frischknecht, ARENA CEO, said the transition to renewables would provide affordable, reliable, alternative power to Aboriginal communities. The developments have been launched in the Northern Territory across remote areas on behalf of the Australian Government, funded by Solar Energy Transformation Program (SETuP ) and Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA). The off-grid projects commissioned today consist of 10,000 solar panels, with 3.325MW capacity, saving over one million litres of diesel fuel every year. The overall plan is to expand to an additional 18 communities bringing the total up to 28. ...

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