Carnegie Clean Energy, through its 100 per cent owned subsidiary Energy Made Clean, has in a joint venture with Lendlease been awarded a $6.8 million contract to operate Western Power's microgrid project in Kalbarri, Western Australia.
A microgrid is a local energy grid with its own control capability meaning it can operate independently. It generally operates while connected to a traditional grid, which connects homes and businesses, but it can break off using local renewable energy generation should there be a storm or power outage.
The five-megawatt microgrid will improve reliability for businesses, local residents and holiday-makers and remove the vast majority of unplanned outages affecting the tourist hot spot Kalbarri.
A key part of the microgrid design will be a utility-scale 4.5 megawatt hour (MWh) battery with a minimum of 2MWh that is accessible at any time for reliability back-up services. This will supply power to the town when renewable generation sources are not available.
Energy Minister Ben Wyatt said the microgrid would solve most of the power problems in Kalbarri and support the community’s desire to be renewable-powered.
"It is a game changer for regional communities who rely on power from a long feeder line, which is subject to environmental factors that can cause outages. The improved reliability for the region will boost the local tourism and retail operations, as well as enhance the lifestyle of residents”, said Mr Wyatt.
Construction is set to commence in November 2018 with completion in mid-2019.