We have had a lot of interest lately in a report MEFL did for the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) on microgrids. A microgrid is a small local network that allows its members to share electricity generation and storage. The report is titled Here Comes the Sun.
Even with the recent increases to feed-in-tariffs, owners of solar are still frustrated they don’t receive a “fair” price for their home grown generation. On the other side of the fence, network operators have been concerned at the need to manage the technical impacts of solar PV and wind power to address the challenges of lower consumption. Here Comes the Sun shows that sharing solar PV generation and battery storage across the grid can leverage the opportunities and help manage the risks inherent in Australia’s changing electricity sector.
The report can be downloaded from the ARENA website. (PDF, 2.7MB)
If you don’t have time to read the full 50-page report, the Executive Summary is only 3 pages and covers the major findings.