Clean energy grid for Cowra

C.L.E.A.N. (Cowra) Incorporated has received support towards a feasibility study to prepare its 1MW Cowra Solar and Battery Microgrid for investment. With just over $1 Million won from the Australian Government’s Regional and Remote Communities Reliability Fund, the project aims to unite the energy needs of several regional businesses in a single aggregated embedded network.

C.L.E.A.N Cowra’s Dylan Gower said the grant will contribute significantly to the delivery of the first stage of the CLEAN Cowra project.

“With strategic development occurring over a number of years, this detailed feasibility planning for the local microgrid will bring the project through to investment readiness,” he said.

Further down the track, the microgrid is intended to include biogas-powered electricity generation and thermal networks and include more customers in the local community. Many remote and regional communities typically rely on expensive and polluting diesel generation or spindly edge-of-grid distribution networks for their electricity. Clean energy is an obvious solution, particularly for those who cannot access mainstream services, but storage and firming are essential requirements.

Cowra residents at a recent meeting to discuss microgrids

The Cowra clean energy project has the potential to cut electricity costs and improve energy security for users. In particular, the funding will support a feasibility study into a 1 megawatt solar and battery microgrid which has a target of reducing electricity costs by 10 per cent.

“Once we have identified whether establishing a microgrid, or upgrading existing off-grid technologies, can better meet the electricity supply needs of the Cowra community, we will be ready to progress this exciting project to the next stage of development,” Dylan said.

“This is an exciting opportunity to ensure delivery of cost savings and energy security for several large industrial businesses and council facilities.”

To learn more about C.L.E.A.N. (Cowra) Incorporated, visit the website.