Volt gets $18.7m funding for Daintree Microgrid

Aerial shot of lush green mountains in the Daintree Rainforest
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Volt Advisory Group has been awarded $18.75 million in government funding over three years to develop the Daintree Microgrid Project, which will begin construction this year and is expected to be operational by 2024.

To protect the Daintree’s fragile ecosystem, the microgrid will be deployed along roadways and in previously cleared land.

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Assistant Minister to the Minister for Industry, Energy and Emissions Reduction Tim Wilson said, “Building this world-leading renewable microgrid is a giant leap forward in building Australia’s carbon neutral future. This renewable microgrid will deliver cheaper, reliable power and is an essential investment in the Daintree community.”

The renewable energy microgrid will comprise an 8MW solar farm, 20MWh of battery storage and a 1MW clean hydrogen plant. Its construction will support more than 200 jobs in Far North Queensland.

The region currently depends on diesel generators that consume more than 1.06 million gallons of diesel fuel every year. The microgrid will end this reliance and provide the area with a more affordable, reliable and resilient source of electricity.

“This is a major win for communities in the Daintree Rainforest, which will see reduced pollution and noise from diesel generators, and will be a valuable demonstration of solar to hydrogen technology,” Energy Minister Angus Taylor said.

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The Daintree microgrid is the result of a feasibility study funded by the Regional and Remote Communities Reliability Fund, first announced in 2019. At that time, it was expected that the fund would support as many as 50 different feasibility studies across Australia.

Volt Advisory Group is a Queensland-based developer also developing the Wujal Wuja community microgrid.

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