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Australian towns going off the grid

Microgrids in Oz

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robert99 robert99 Sweden Posts: 1360
1 3 Jan 2018
http://www.smh.com.au/business/the-economy/australian-towns-going-off-the-grid-20171219-p4yxvv.html

As prices rose to new highs last year and the ever-constant threat of blackouts hung over the east coast, many Australians looked for energy alternatives.

Some turned to solar panels and battery storage technology to solve their bill woes, gain greater control of their own power and make a real change in terms of their impact on the climate.

While they are taking steps at the individual level, others are looking to take full advantage of the push for more renewable energy and shift away from centralised power systems on a larger scale.

This is seeing the rise of microgrids, a unique solution to a very Australian problem.

The vast distance covered by Australian energy distribution networks presents a serious problem: How do you get energy generated from point A to a user at point B, and how much will it cost?

Microgrids circumvent this issue by creating power and keeping it local, and at the same time lowering costs by cutting much of the associated distribution costs.

The Clean Energy Council said microgrids were now being incorporated into the design of new towns and suburbs as a proactive measure.

“Some developers of new housing estates have also been weighing the cost of running microgrids of interconnected renewable energy and storage versus the cost of connecting to the National Electricity Market,” CEC spokesman said.

“As the costs of renewable energy and storage continue to fall further, it’s likely we’ll see more developments which market themselves as clean, green and independent.”

The Clean Energy Council said microgrids were now being incorporated into the design of new towns and suburbs as a proactive measure.

“Some developers of new housing estates have also been weighing the cost of running microgrids of interconnected renewable energy and storage versus the cost of connecting to the National Electricity Market,” CEC spokesman said.

“As the costs of renewable energy and storage continue to fall further, it’s likely we’ll see more developments which market themselves as clean, green and independent.”

Microgrids are in their early stages in Australia, but the country is swiftly taking a world-leading position, making the nation a renewable innovation hub.
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