Minister for Defence and Minister for the Environment and Energy- Joint media release- Microgrid construction begins at Garden Island

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Senator the Hon Marise Payne

Minister for Defence

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The Hon Josh Frydenberg MP

Minister for the Environment and Energy

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1 August 2017

The Government welcomes the commencement of construction of an integrated solar and battery storage microgrid at HMAS Stirling, by Carnegie Clean Energy.

Carnegie’s operations on Garden Island have been made possible through $28.5 million in combined grant funding provided by the Australian Renewable Energy Agency.

Carnegie are pioneers in the renewable energy industry. Their 240kW CETO 5 wave energy units, built and operated on Garden Island between 2012 and 2016, was the world’s first commercial-scale wave array to be connected to a grid.

The company will now build a 2MW solar PV and battery microgrid at Garden Island, which is located 61 kilometres south of Perth.

This facility, in conjunction with the desalination plant already built by Carnegie on the island, will supply power and water to the naval base.

Defence is committed to implementing programs to improve energy efficiency and resilience, reducing costs and reducing greenhouse gas emissions. This project will integrate with the existing Defence power infrastructure to increase the energy resilience of the base.

The potential remains for the microgrid to be connected to a wave energy resource in the future.

The Government continues to support the work of Carnegie and we look forward to seeing how this project will inform Carnegie’s ability to provide energy security solutions at island locations in the future.

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