October 10 (Renewables Now) - Lord Howe Island, a tiny Australian territory in the Tasman Sea, will next year start producing power from a hybrid solar and battery storage system as it pushes to reduce its dependency on costly and imported diesel.
The World Heritage-listed island is to install a new power system, which will consist of a minimum 1.2-MW solar photovoltaic (PV) array and a battery storage solution with over 3.2 MWh of capacity, the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) said today.
The island’s governing authority, the Lord Howe Island Board (LHIB) has awarded in a tender the project contract to Photon Energy Engineering Australia.
Construction will start in early 2020, with the system due to be ready by June of that year. Once fully operating, the solar-plus-storage solution will generate more than two thirds of the island's power.
The AUD-11.1-million (USD 7.5m/EUR 6.8m) project has received AUD 4.5 million in funding from ARENA and a AUD-5.9-million loan facility from the New South Wales Government, with LHIB providing the rest.
(AUD 1.0 = USD 0.68/EUR 0.61)