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Solar energy microgrid for Euroa, Victoria

Euroa’s grassroots solar microgrid plan to avoid summer blackouts ABC Goulburn Murray 

The Euroa Environment Group is behind the $6 million grassroots project to install 589 kilowatts of new solar photovolatic (PV) panels, and up to 400 kilowatts of new batteries.

It will work with Mondo Power and Globird Energy as well as 14 businesses within Euroa which will install the technology.

The project may eventually extend to the residential community of Euroa and to other towns as it will demonstrate how a microgrid can operate.

The town has endured countless blackouts and it is hoped the microgrid will address the issue in the lead-up to summer.

The closure of the Hazelwood coal-fired power station in Victoria last year drove up energy power prices in southern states and put pressure on the market operator to deliver enough power to meet demand on summer’s hottest days.

Shirley Saywell, who is a business owner in Euroa and president of the group, said power options had been limited.

“This microgrid within another microgrid will give us the opportunity to generate power locally, store power locally and share power locally. It’s the town making itself more resilient in these times of uncertainty.

“There’s been stories about how complicated renewables are, and I see my role as showing people that it shouldn’t be as complicated as it’s made out to be.”

The intention of the project is to give the town greater reliability in its power supply as well as decrease the price of energy.

Energy strategy one of many

The initiative is one of many grassroots projects popping up around the state to deal with an issue that some activists call neglect on the Government’s behalf.

Ms Saywell said there were many communities who had pooled their own resources to pursue sustainability options.

Already, the community of Yackandandah has made the move to becoming 100 per cent renewable, Warburton is exploring opportunities through water, Port Fairy is starting to work toward becoming south-west Victoria’s first smart energy precinct, and Newstead is wanting to become the first energy self-sufficient town in Victoria.

Those projects are only a small sample among other wind and solar projects being proposed across the state.

Ms Saywell said she believed there was a lot of myths surrounding energy and that there had been a lack of leadership around renewables. There’s no one simple answer to coal, and I think that’s not well understood.”

“Leadership is coming from groups like ours because we understand there is a range of solutions, and there’s not one simple solution. It’s about being clever about what’s available to us.”

The Andrews Labor Government has thrown $600,000 towards the project — a small contribution towards increasing renewables within the state.

A Microgrid Demonstration Initiative was announced in 2017 as part of its Renewable Energy Action Plan to reach its goal of making the state 25 per cent renewable by 2020, and 40 per cent by 2025.

The Government announced on Wednesday it would provide $4.5 million to Origin Energy to develop a cloud-based project that will distribute power from up to 650 customers with solar PV and batteries during peak periods.

Member for Northern Victoria, Jaclyn Symes, said the projects would encourage less of a reliance on traditional forms of power……



September 7, 2018 - Posted by | solar, Victoria

1 Comment »

  1. Very good article, microgrid solar systems become more and more popular.


    Comment by Hovall Technology Co.,Ltd | September 7, 2018 | Reply

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