Offgrid solar storage project launched

13 November 2014

Michael Gartner Photon Energy

Sydney based renewable energy developer, Photon Energy, launches a ground-breaking hybrid solar PV/storage/diesel project.

The project, launched on 7 November 2014 at NSW Trade & Investment's headquarters at the MLC Centre, Sydney will see one of Broadcast Australia's telecommunication towers in Muswellbrook run principally on solar power thanks to the introduction of advanced battery storage technology.

Solar power captured by 215 kWh of battery storage during daylight hours, enables a constant 24 hour power supply to the commercial site and the technology looks set to become a benchmark for providing a complete power supply for remote locations.

The photovoltaic array produces enough solar energy to power 7.3 average Australian households for a year.

The 216 kWh of batteries can store enough energy to run the Muswellbrook antenna for up to 43 hours or enough energy for an electric passenger car to drive from Sydney to Melbourne and back.

NSW Trade & Investment's Investment and Export Services team have been working closely with the company and arranged for the Parliamentary Secretary for Renewable Energy Mrs Leslie Williams MP to speak at the launch.

Ms Williams, who has a keen interest in the project, said "the project brings us closer to achieving our goal of secure, affordable and clean energy future for households and businesses in NSW."

Photon Energy designed and delivered the project in association with the German Energy Agency, Deutsche Energie-AgenturGmbH (dena), and the Australian communications infrastructure company BAI using predominantly German technology.

The project is part of the worldwide dena Renewable Energy Solutions Program coordinated by Deutsche Energie-Agentur GmbH(dena) and co-financed by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi) within the initiative "renewables – Made in Germany".

NSW Trade & Investment facilitates companies like Photon Energy to enter and expand their footprint in the Australian market. The NSW Government supports the renewable energy sector through its NSW Renewable Energy Action Plan

If you are contemplating investment in NSW, contact NSW Trade & Investment as the first step to find out what assistance is available.

Dean Storchenegger
Manager – Renewable Energy
Investment & Export Services
+61 (2) 9338 6627
dean.storchenegger@business.nsw.gov.au