Global energy producer EDL has won the 2019 Asia Power Awards’ Environmental Upgrade of the Year in recognition of its successful Coober Pedy Hybrid Renewable Project.
EDL CEO James Harman said it was an honour to be recognised for the project’s demonstrated success in combining Coober Pedy’s original diesel power station with 4MW wind and 1MW solar generation, a 1MW/500kWh battery and other integration technologies to seamlessly transition the remote mining town from 100 per cent diesel to up to 100 per cent renewables.
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“The Coober Pedy Hybrid Renewable Project sets a global benchmark for renewables in off-grid, remote communities and has already provided invaluable learnings for other hybrid renewable projects across the country,” Mr Harman said.
“This project highlights EDL’s role in supporting Australia’s transition to sustainable energy.”
Since the upgrade to hybrid renewable technology in July 2017 with the support of the Australian Renewable Energy Agency, the power station has been operating more reliably than the original diesel generation-only configuration.
From October 2018, the project has been supplying an average of more than 70 per cent of the town’s power through renewable energy—giving Coober Pedy more reliable electricity supply at world-leading renewable energy penetration rates.
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