ARENA backs renewable microgrid trial at Monash University

Launching the funding at Monash’s Clayton campus. Source: Monash University (www.monash.edu)

October 12 (Renewables Now) - The Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) said Friday it will provide AUD 2.97 million (USD 2.12m/EUR 1.83m) in funding for a project to trial a microgrid at Monash University's Clayton campus.  

The AUD-7.1-million Monash Smart Energy City project will enable the campus in southeastern Melbourne to be powered by renewable energy. It will use a software platform by Indra Australia and will involve a range of distributed energy resources including up to 1 MW of rooftop solar, 20 buildings with automated energy management systems, 1 MWh of battery storage and electric vehicle (EV) charging stations.

The partners said the project will demonstrate how a 100% renewable electricity system can operate reliably and provide value to both consumers and the energy network.

The microgrid supports the university's Net Zero Initiative, under which it aims to source all of its electricity from renewables by 2030.

(AUD 1 = USD 0.713/EUR 0.618)

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