Off-grid projects are defined as those requiring a power supply above 10 kW and that are not connected to one of Australia’s large-scale electricity grids: the National Electricity Market, the South West Interconnected System or the North West Interconnected System.
Off-grid energy systems generate electricity for homes, businesses, communities and towns and can be standalone or mini-grids. Standalone systems usually generate electricity from solar photovoltaic panels, wind turbines or diesel generators and store it using battery or fuel cell technology.
Mini-grids, also called micro-grids, comprise a set of electricity generators and may include energy storage systems that are connected to a distribution network. The energy is provided to a local group of consumers.
Off-grid energy systems provide an opportunity for self-sufficiency for households, businesses, communities and towns, particularly in remote areas where deployment of a mini-grid may be cheaper than connecting to a large-scale grid.
Most off-grid power in South Australia is currently provided by diesel generators. However, high diesel and transportation costs are making renewable energy options appealing. The South Australian Government supports a number of off-grid renewable energy systems in areas such as Coober Pedy, the Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara Lands and at remote mine sites.
For further information about off-grid renewables, including opportunities for investors or project developers, please visit the Clean Energy Council.
Click on the tiles below to learn about some of the off-grid projects in South Australia.