It seems the rising price of electricity in Australia, coupled with multiple blackouts on the East Coast of Australia, is leading to the rise of microgrids to provide off-the-grid power to Australians fed up with the ineffective centrally run power systems.
And yeah, that’s a good thing. The rise of the microgrids in Australia creates a whole new anticipation and experience of self-reliance and self-sustainability (at a small scale, and not at the global, central planning scale).
As prices rose to new highs last year and the ever-constant threat of blackouts hung over the east coast, many Australians looked for energy alternatives.
Some turned to solar panels and battery storage technology to solve their bill woes, gain greater control of their own power and make a real change in terms of their impact on the climate.
While they are taking steps at the individual level, others are looking to take full advantage of the push for more renewable energy and shift away from centralised power systems on a larger scale.
This is seeing the rise of microgrids, a unique solution to a very Australian problem.
The vast distance covered by Australian energy distribution networks presents a serious problem: How do you get energy generated from point A to a user at point B, and how much will it cost?
Microgrids circumvent this issue by creating power and keeping it local, and at the same time lowering costs by cutting much of the associated distribution costs.
Microgrids are autonomous energy distribution systems that can generate power from its users and operate off the main grid, or connect to existing grids, and support different generation assets and load demand.