The project team is undertaking a feasibility study to investigate microgrid technologies in Yarrabah Aboriginal Community. The Yarrabah Community lies to the East of Cairns, by road it is placed about 60 kilometres from Cairns CBD and only 12 kilometres if measured in a straight line.
We commenced our investigations in August 2020 and the Federally funded microgrid feasibility project will be finalised in early 2022. The project is a partnership with Yarrabah Aboriginal Council, who we meet with to listen, yarn, plan and connect wth. We are spending time in the community to understand how they live, how they use their electricity and what they imagine their electricity supply might look like in the future.
The Yarrabah Community has an official population of 2,559 people (as of the 2016 census). However, these figures are suspected of being inaccurate due to a degree of floating population between communities and non-registration during time of census being conducted. Our conversations with the community and detailed energy audits are helping to establish a more realistic population base and the anticipated growth over the next 5, 10 and 15 years.
All this research and data collection is helping us to design what a future microgrid might look like and to ensure it will achieve a balance of supply and demand of electricity, increase the reliability, resiliency, efficiency, and safety of the electricity supply and reduce electricity costs for the whole community.
The investigation is considering the potential of all energy technologies, including advanced digital technologies that deal with modern components such as energy storage, information and communication systems, inverter-based devices, e-mobility (electric vehicles), and EV charging stations.
It is important that the uptake of e-mobility is not just limited to cities, and that regional and remote communities can experience the benefits of this technology revolution. The research and planning being undertaken as part of the project on e-mobility and transport resilience and will deliver currently not available data on transport use; future transport demand expectations including for business and government; analysis of renewable energy supply options.
'The Yarrabah Aboriginal Shire Council is proud to partner with Energy Connect on this project'
Mayor Ross Andrews