The Minister for Energy and Emissions Reduction Angus Taylor has announced the funding of a trial to provide microgrid systems to remote indigenous communities in the Kimberley region of Western Australia. The partnership with GenOffGrid, will see the Broome based business build and commission the rapidly deployable systems for three remote communities, providing them with reliable clean energy.
Following the successful trial this will pave the way forward a solution to provide secure, reliable and affordable energy to support the over 200 remote Aboriginal communities in Western Australia, across the Midwest, Gascoyne, Pilbara, Goldfields and Kimberley regions. The solution is perfectly aligned with Northern Territory’s Remote Power System Strategy target for 70% renewable electricity generation for its 72 Indigenous Essential Services communities, where GenOffGrid will be looking to support this initiative through their Darwin based operation GenOffGrid NT.
GenOffGrid’s Managing Director John Davidson said “Our solar skids are easily transportable, cyclone rated, ‘plug and play’ solar and battery systems designed for harsh outback conditions. Hence, they are ideally suitable as the next evolution to the energy infrastructure that was installed under the Bushlight renewable energy program that ran from from 2002-2013.
The systems are fully in-house engineered and built, with the structural frames supplied by a 100% indigenous owned business, that’s also based in Broome. The potential to have substantial local manufacturing operations here in Northern Australia in each our three facilities in Broome, Karratha and Darwin, with significant local employment is really exciting” John said.
Over the last several years, GenOffGrid have focussed on developing affordable, reliable energy solutions for the unique conditions of the Australian outback that can replace diesel generators. This has resulted in the design, and development of a suite of off-grid systems.
These range in size; starting with the Solar Skid that comfortably covers the energy requirements of a residential property, and extending up to the larger systems that provide all the energy needs of large cattle stations or service stations that have historically consumed 50,000 – 100,000 litres of diesel annually.
All of the systems include an online portal that can be viewed either online or on an app, enabling the energy user to track and monitor usage and troubleshoot issues in real time, building user understanding of energy usage and patterns.