In July 2021, the Federal Government announced the successful recipients of Round 2 funding from the Regional and Remote Communities Reliability Fund (RRCRF), which was established to provide funding for feasibility studies for microgrids in regional and remote Australian communities.
The Muralug Island project will investigate whether establishing a microgrid, or upgrading existing off-grid technologies, would better meet the energy needs of the Islands residents.
Muralug is the largest island in the Torres Strait. The Island does not have established facilities for electricity, water, waste and sewerage. Residents rely on their own power generators to supply electricity, and water tanks for clean water.
The residents have long sought a reliable and economical energy supply solution that facilitates a similar standard of living to their immediate neighbours at Horn and Thursday Island. The study is due to be complete in early 2023.