Construction on the Wurrumiyanga Solar Infill and Energy Storage Pilot Project has reached an important milestone, with earthworks and the installation of 1.2 MW cyclone-resilient solar arrays now complete.
Australian company 5B, has completed installation of its award-winning prefabricated solar technology, the 5B Maverick, adding 1.2 megawatts of additional solar PV to the community.
The 5B Maverick is an Australian designed ground mounted modular solar solution designed to be deployed for off-grid, commercial and industrial and large-scale power generation.
The Wurrumiyanga Solar Infill and Energy Storage Pilot Project will also add a Battery Energy Storage System of about 3 megawatt hours capacity.
Wurrumiyanga is already operating some solar PV technology, but once the new solar and battery is in operation, the percentage of renewable energy delivered to the community will increase to almost 50 per cent.
5B Chief Strategy Officer Nicole Kuepper-Russell said, “We’re proud to be part of this important project that will see the Wurrumiyanga community’s power provided by more renewables, delivering lower-cost cleaner energy, greater energy resilience, and employment opportunities”.
“We’re working to replicate this rapid deployment model across other remote communities in the Territory and we welcome the Government’s support in accelerating renewable energy projects and investments.”
The Northern Territory Government is working towards a target of 50 per cent renewables by 2030, and this includes an average of 70 per cent renewables in the 72 remote communities serviced by Indigenous Essential Services, a not-for-profit subsidiary of the Power and Water Corporation.
The Wurrumiyanga Solar Infill and Energy Storage Pilot Project is expected to be operational in 2024.