It has been recently revealed that a hybrid solar and battery storage microgrid which is being installed at an Australian Air Force base in the Northern Territory is nearing completion. The facility only needs the energy storage system to be installed before testing and commission.
RenewEconomy reported on its website that the microgrid is being established at the Delamere Air Weapons Range by Energy Made Clean (EMC), a wholly-owned subsidiary of ASX-listed renewables developer Carnegie Clean Energy. In July 2017, EMC won the Department of Defence (DoD) contract to design a hybrid energy system that would supply high penetration solar power to an estimated 200kVA peak load and lessen the facility’s usage of fuel by over 60 percent. Carnegie has also provided an update regarding the project saying that the solar farm construction on site was already complete. The company stated, “The project has now entered its final phase which involves installing the BESS containers, primary and standby diesel generators and solar inverters at the site ahead of site acceptance testing and commissioning.”
As per RenewEconomy’s previous report about the facility, the Delamere project is the second contract of the Department of Defence for a renewable energy hybrid microgrid system, which was also delivered by EMC at Bathurst Island three years ago. Since then, the DoD has launched two additional tenders, one for a 1.2 megawatts array at a communications base in WA; and another one for a combined total of 12.5 MW of solar for its Robertson Barracks in Northern Territory, and its RAAF base in Darwin.
The Defence Housing Australia has announced, three years ago, the creation of a “solar suburb” near Darwin. In this project, each home would feature 4.5kW of rooftop solar and charging points for electric vehicles.
Carnegie stated that the Delamere microgrid is precisely the complex and high-value project EMC is ought to deliver. The Managing Director at Carnegie, Michael Ottaviano, commented, “Increasingly, off-grid and fringe of grid customers are seeking a combination of cost-effective, reliable, and clean energy solutions that can now be achieved by these state-of-the-art microgrids.”
“Projects of this size, with a contract value of $3-4 million, have put EMC on track to record revenues in the current half of the 2018 financial year,” Ottaviano added.
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