Microgrids and stand-alone power systems

Microgrids are a localised group of energy sources that operate on or off the grid. A microgrid solution improves the reliability and resilience of a power system and promotes the integration of distributed renewable energy sources.

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Stand-alone power systems

Stand-alone power systems (SAPS) are independent of the grid and are often ideal for rural and remote areas. These systems are a good alternative when delivering grid power at scale isn’t an option. A self-sufficient, renewable and off-grid power solution.

Solar farm in the outback with desert all around Stand-alone power systems are ideal for rural and remote areas

Powering Sunraysia almonds

AGL is partnering with Cadell Orchards to build a 5.2 GWh microgrid solution at its Sunraysia almond orchard. The planned solution includes a solar farm the size of 2 Melbourne Cricket Grounds to reduce reliance on diesel generators for irrigation. 

“This is AGL’s second major microgrid announcement this year and a great example of how AGL is partnering with agribusinesses to help them reduce their carbon emissions and lower their energy costs.”— Jo Egan, AGL Customer Officer, 2022

Close up of a flowering almond tree with almonds in their shells attached AGL is partnering with Cadell Orchards to build a 5.2 Gwh microgrid solution at its Sunraysia almond orchard

Remove network charges

With the option to be independent, a stand-alone power system means no charges for connecting to the wider grid. There can also be opportunities for Distributed Network Service Providers (DNSP’s) to decommission existing poles and wires.