This report demonstrates that Microgrids built on the edge of networks of large mixed use communities, such as the 7,500 home community of Huntlee, can deliver significantly higher amounts of renewable generation compared to traditional non-sustainable energy provision.
It also demonstrates key benefits to the energy market and society, including affordability and reliability. Importantly, it concludes that there are no insurmountable barriers to delivery and that all barriers can be managed.
The demonstration project proposes the establishment of a local community energy utility (the ‘Huntlee
Energy Utility’) providing generation, network and retail services.
- Virtual Solar – 3-6kW on 95% of homes
- Solar Farm – 4MW expandable central solar farm to ensure sufficient solar penetration
- Smart Microgrid – Microgrid Management System’ and smart controllers at each customer connection
- Energy Centre – Gas generators, large battery storage
- Home Energy Packages – A variety of air-conditioning, hot water, heat pump and EV charging station options integrated with home controller
- Community Retail Services – smart metering, data management, billing and customer services.