Hybrid technologiesProject Narara Ecovillage Smart Grid
This report presents the lessons learnt for the Narara Ecovillage Project since project inception.
The ARENA-funded Smart Grid project (‘project’) commenced in September 2016 and aims to enable NEV Power (‘NEV’), a wholly owned subsidiary of Narara Co-operative Ltd, to operate a smart grid system using solar PV and battery storage to achieve a net carbon neutral community title subdivision of approximately 150 dwellings in total – an ‘ecovillage’ model for sustainable living including social, economic as well as environmental outcomes.
NEV Power aims to connect its smart grid to the Ausgrid network as a high voltage embedded commercial customer. From the point of the view of the grid, the project will demonstrate a solution for minimising grid impacts from high export levels of solar generation and battery storage from a medium density housing development, while on the residential side the project will show how an urban community can increase energy resilience and sustainability.