EPS, Toshiba to finish 3 MW Tasmania microgrid project in Q1

Flinders

The microgrid will feature 0.5 MW of solar and 0.5 MWh of storage capacity designed by EPS, along with 2.0 MVA of generators, according to an online statement.

EPS did not reveal the solar panel supplier.

It says the installation will stabilize the supply of renewable energy for roughly 900 people on Flinders Island, off the northeastern tip of Tasmania in the notoriously stormy Bass Strait.

It is expected to provide enough electricity to cover about 65% of the island’s annual energy demand.

The project may eventually be expanded to include wind turbines, EPS said, without disclosing additional information.

The hybrid-storage solutions provider and Tokyo-based Toshiba have built the project for Hydro Tasmania.

The state power producer is trying to turn Flinders Island into a hub for hybrid energy projects.

Renewables have proven to be a challenge on the remote islands of the Bass Strait.

In late 2014, Hydro Tasmania canceled a plan to build a massive 600 MW wind farm on King Island — 670 kilometres to the west of Flinders Island — as the required subsea transmission links would not have been economically viable.