NSW Minister for Energy and Environment, Matt Kean, along with the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA), have today announced that Lord Howe Island will soon be powered by a solar and battery system that will reduce its reliance on diesel generation.
A minimum 1.2 MW solar PV array and a battery system with over 3.2 MWh capacity will soon be built on the remote island, providing more than two thirds of Lord Howe Island’s electricity, which is currently powered by diesel generation.
ARENA will provide $4.5 million in funding towards the project. The NSW Government has provided a loan facility of $5.9 million and LHIB is making up the balance.
The initial renewable solution was to include solar and wind generation, however, it was determined during the course of the project that the wind turbine component could no longer be delivered. Further feasibility studies identified that a solar PV and battery storage microgrid would provide the same benefits, and development consent for this model was issued in 2016.
Photon Energy Engineering Australia will install the hybrid solar and battery storage system, after being awarded the tender to deliver the project by the LHIB. Construction will commence on the hybrid solar and battery system early next year which is expected to be completed by June.
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