The off-grid Tasmanian Flinders Island community has relied solely on diesel-based generators for power, until now. Hydro Tasmania will switch on a hybrid energy hub for the island in December, enabling at least 60% of the island’s power to be sourced from renewables. A mix of wind and solar power, with tidal to be harnessed in the near future, will ensure reliable delivery of energy. The Bass Strait community is hoping to achieve a 100% renewables-based system. The development follows the success of the King Island Renewable Energy Integration Project.
Video of the Flinders Island Hybrid Energy Hub project.
The Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) funded $5.5 million of the $13.38 million project.
For more information, see One Step Off the Grid.
Sources: ABC News, Hydro Tasmania, One Step Off The Grid, ARENA.