New plant for stand-alone solar and storage systems in Australia – pv magazine International
Solar and microgrid specialist Hybrid Systems Australia has revealed plans to establish the “world’s largest off-grid power system manufacturing facility” in Western Australia.
From pv magazine Australia
Pacific Energy’s subsidiary, Hybrid Systems Australia, has confirmed that it will build a new plant in Perth to produce off-grid and edge-of-grid systems.
Hybrid Systems Australia, a subsidiary of Pacific Energy, owned by QIC, has entered into an initial 10-year lease in the Perth Airport Industrial Estate, where the specially designed facility will be located. Hybrid Systems Australia said the new facility will allow it to increase its production capacity and meet the growing demand for self-contained power systems (SPS).
In February, the government of Western Australia said it had set aside A $ 218 million ($ 167 million) to manufacture and install more than 1,000 SPS in the state over the next five years.
Pacific Energy CEO Jamie Cullen said Western Power’s modeling showed around 6,000 viable properties in Western Australia where SPS units could be installed in the coming years.
“This investment is a recognition that the increasing pressures of energy decentralization and decarbonization will drive demand for clean energy sources such as SPS and larger battery-powered energy storage systems connected to the network (BESS), “he said. “To our knowledge, this is the largest SPS manufacturing facility in the world. “
Cullen said the technology is also a great fit for Queensland. Hybrid Systems Australia has estimated future demand for around 2,000 SPS in the state.
Since 2016, Western Power has installed 58 SPS in Western Australia. Western Power CEO Ed Kalajzic said the power company will continue to deploy SPS to improve power reliability in regional and remote areas.
“Like many power grids around the world, Western Power is looking for ways to improve the reliability and quality of power and improve operational and economic efficiency for the community,” Kalajzic said. “We are increasingly using renewable energy and SPS offers a viable alternative to traditional poles and cables while realizing business, social and environmental benefits.
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