Senvion wins offgrid deal

AUSTRALIA: Senvion has been awarded a deal from local power generation firm EDL to provide two 2MW turbines to an offgrid project in South Australia.

Two Senvion 2MW turbines will be installed at the offgrid project in South Australia

The project, which reached financial close in March, will use a combination of 4MW wind, 1MW solar and 0.5MWh battery storage to help the remote town of Coober Pedy reduce its dependence on diesel fuel.

The system will be integrated with an existing diesel power station, owned by EDL.

Construction of the project is set to begin in September, with full operations due in the second half of 2017. It is Senvion's first off-grid supply contract.

The project has received A$18.4 million ($13.7 million) in funding from the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (Arena), a government backed organisation supporing the development of new systems to commercialisation.

"In off-grid locations, renewable energy has unique advantages over fossil fuels. Many remote Australian communities rely on diesel generators that are expensive to run and create uncertainty due to the volatility of fuel prices. While diesel prices have dropped in the last two years, prices are expected to rise again in the long-term," Arena said.

Arena CEO Ivor Frishknecht said: "This is a next-generation off-grid project, taking advantage of advanced renewable and enabling technologies that have already been successfully trialled at off-grid locations such as King Island."

Earlier this year Senvion's OEM rival Gamesa unveiled a new offgrid system combining wind with solar and battery storage in Spain.