Solar power to help Indigenous communities regain self-sufficiency

Redback Technologies managing director Philip Livingston, Minister for Energy Mark Bailey, AllGrid Energy CEO Raymond Pratt, and Australian Solar Council executive chairman John Grimes
Redback Technologies managing director Philip Livingston, Minister for Energy Mark Bailey, AllGrid Energy CEO Raymond Pratt, and Australian Solar Council executive chairman John Grimes

Redback Technologies has announced a partnership with AllGrid Energy to address energy reliability access issues facing Australia’s remote communities.

Under the partnership, AllGrid will utilise Redback’s core hardware and software technologies with a focus on adapting the Redback suite for utilisation in remote applications. AllGrid will build additional functionality in conjunction with Redback for integration of water and related bio systems required for increasing quality of life for remote community inhabitants.

The partnership initiated when Redback Technologies managing director Philip Livingston and AllGrid Energy CEO Ray Pratt presented at a recent storage summit at Parliament House. Each company’s value proposition and goals aligned, and both were dedicated to their respective products.

AllGrid Energy, an Indigenous renewable technology company, partners with remote and indigenous communities, implementing what they have dubbed ‘The Oasis Strategy”; an oasis being a source of abundance in a desert of depletion. AllGrid aims to facilitate a return to self-sufficiency in the Indigenous communities in which it operates.

“Australia is a vast continent and many Indigenous people live in remote and regional areas. The cost of transmitting energy through wires that span thousands of kilometres is enormous and this means that these communities are often compromised in their power supplies and are experiencing real energy poverty,” Mr Pratt said.

Redback’s proprietary cloud-enabled intelligent system for analytics and remote control, the Ouija Board, uses machine learning to gather intelligence over time, learning from user preferences as well as drawing data from external factors like the weather.

Redback Technologies managing director Philip Livingston said the partnership with AllGrid will benefit those who are in most need of collective solutions.

“The idea is to use smart software to maximise the energy produced,” Mr Livingston said.

“We are both young and emerging companies who are passionate and determined to reach the same vision of a renewable energy future. Our partnership and commitment to collaboration gives us agility and resilience in this new and exciting market.”

“Community engagement is essential to the success of our projects. Delivering holistic outcomes through culturally appropriate methods and education to ensure long term solutions, beyond just technical ones, is our priority,” Mr Pratt added.