Wurrumiyanga Solar and Battery Project in Final Stages

Wurrumiyanga solar and battery project nearing completion

The Wurrumiyanga Solar Infill and Energy Storage Pilot Project is in its final stages, with testing underway as it approaches completion. Once operational, the project will feature a 1.1MW solar array alongside a 1.75MVA battery energy storage system, capable of storing 3MWh of energy.

Following the completion of testing at Berrimah, the battery system will be transported to Wurrumiyanga for further integration testing with the grid. The project, expected to conclude by May 2024, is poised to slash diesel fuel consumption by 519,000 litres in its first year, thanks to the incorporation of additional renewable energy technology.

With a budget of $6.1 million, the Wurrumiyanga Solar Infill and Energy Storage Pilot Project forms part of the Northern Territory Government’s larger commitment of $10.4 million toward the Renewable Remote Power Program. This initiative aligns with the State Government’s target of achieving 50% renewable energy by 2030, with an average of 70% renewables across all communities serviced by the Indigenous Essential Services program.

Kate Worden, Northern Territory Minister for Renewables and Energy, emphasised the Territory’s transition towards a renewable energy future, highlighting the project’s role in providing cleaner power and reducing reliance on diesel generators. Manuel Brown, Member of Arafura, expressed excitement about the project’s progress, noting its significance in driving down emissions and paving the way for a renewable energy future in the Wurrumiyanga community.

“Paving the way for” is like clearing a path, making it easier for something or someone to come next. It’s about making things smoother or more accessible for what’s to come.

The Wurrumiyanga Solar and Battery Project represents a crucial step toward achieving net zero emissions by 2050, offering valuable insights that can be applied to other remote Territory communities.

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