Solar PV R&DProject Lord Howe Island Hybrid Renewable Energy System
This report details the solar irradiation data measured onsite for the first 12 months of operation of the 1.3MWp solar PV plant, and compares this to the resource analysis completed during project development.
The Hybrid Renewable Energy Project (HREP) was undertaken to provide a sustainable supply of electricity for 400 residents and up to 400 tourists on Lord Howe Island. The primary driver for the project, as with many islanded micro-grid projects, is to reduce reliance on fossil fuels by displacing diesel with renewable generation.
The Project scope included installation of a 1.3MWp solar PV plant with a 3.7MWh battery energy storage system (BESS) and micro-grid controller to accompany an existing diesel generation system of three (3) 300kW Detroit Series 60 generating units. HREP is expected to provide in excess of 67% of the island’s power requirements from renewable sources. The final stage of commissioning for HREP was completed in late April 2021.