This document is part of a series on integrating renewables for remote locations in Australia. The insights and learnings shared in this series are funded by ARENA, as part of its core Knowledge Sharing remit.
Remote and regional Australia is home to a diverse collection of industrial and community energy users. Many of these locations have either a weak connection to the electricity grid, or no access to the grid (hence “off-grid”) and are supplied by on-site generation, usually fuelled by diesel or gas. These locations have some of the highest marginal costs of generation anywhere in Australia, yet are located in areas with some of the highest renewable energy resource potential – in particular solar.