Construction has commenced for the Wurrumiyanga Solar Infill and Energy Storage Project in the Northern Territory.
The Northern Territory Government is investing $6.1 million in the project, which will provide the community with an additional 1.2 megawatts of solar PV and a Battery Energy Storage System with a capacity of 3 megawatt hours.
“This pilot program in Wurrumiyanga is an important step towards the Territory Labor Government achieving our 50 per cent renewables by 2030, which includes an average of 70 per cent renewables in communities supplied by Indigenous Essential Services,” Minister for Renewables Nicole Manison said.
“A renewables future is now one step closer for the Wurrumiyanga community and we look forward to extending the lessons learnt from this project to other remote Territory communities.”
5B, an Australian company, is completing the earthworks and installation of cyclone-resilient solar arrays for the project.
According to the Territory Government, the project aims to renew the community’s energy system, addressing aging diesel infrastructure and outdated solar PV technology, thereby delivering advanced renewable energy and transforming power generation across Wurrumiyanga.
“We’re proud to be part of this important project that will see almost 50 per cent of the Wurrumiyanga community’s power provided by renewables, delivering lower-cost cleaner energy, greater energy resilience, and employment opportunities,” 5B Chief Strategy Officer Nicole Kuepper-Russel said.
“Our latest generation high-wind resilient 5B Maverick – wind rated up to 72 metres per second – is specifically designed for cyclone prone regions like the Tiwi Islands. It is also fast to deploy in remote regions, a deployment team of four unfolded the 1.2 MW 5B solar farm on Bathurst Island in just four days, with mechanical installation, including unpacking, staging, cabling, the extra anchoring required for wind region C and clean up, taking less than two weeks.”
The project is set to be completed and operational by 2024, enabling the community to generate 50% renewable energy.
“It is great to see our largest community on Bathurst Island driving down emissions and creating stable reliable energy in line with the rest of the Territory,” Member for Arafura Manuel Brown commented. “Soon we will see less and less communities around the NT rely on diesel powered generators through Territory Labor’s remote power system strategy, a strategy which is changing lives in our most remote communities.