Power and Water Corporation shares knowledge of off-grid power planning

The Northern Territory Power and Water Corporation is sharing its knowledge with the release of documents containing learnings from its Solar Energy Transformation Program (SETuP).

Completed in April 2019, SETuP saw the rollout of 10MW of solar in 25 remote Northern Territory Aboriginal communities, integrating utility solar and battery storage into existing diesel power stations.

Power and Water program manager, Sam Latz, said, “These documents, published in partnership with the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA), will be useful to other utilities and organisations thinking about implementing solar and battery off-grid solutions as we move towards a renewable energy future.

“These knowledge-sharing resources will complement presentations we will be delivering at industry conferences, as well as through hosting utility peers and government stakeholders for site visits.”

The new, publicly-available resources include detailed case studies, technical and engineering lessons learned, project management approaches and community engagement strategies from the program.

Among the documents is an updated solar/diesel mini-grid handbook, which is a general guide to power supply in remote isolated grids with existing diesel generation.

A comprehensive technical document about the Daly River diesel-off solar and battery project also forms part of the online resources.

SETuP is a $59 million program co-funded by the Australian Government through ARENA including $27.5 million financed through the Northern Territory Government.

Through the project, 94 million litres of diesel is expected to be saved over a 25-year period.

The documents are available to download from the Power and Water website.

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