Carnegie Clean Energy has begun construction on an integrated solar and battery storage microgrid at HMAS Stirling in Western Australia.

Carnegie’s operations on Garden Island have been made possible through $28.5 million in combined grant funding provided by the Australian Renewable Energy Agency.

Carnegie’s 240kW CETO 5 wave energy units, built and operated on Garden Island between 2012 and 2016, were the world’s first commercial-scale wave array to be connected to a grid.

The company will now build a 2MW solar PV and battery microgrid at Garden Island, which is located 61km south of Perth.

The facility, in conjunction with the desalination plant already built by Carnegie on the island, will supply power and water to the naval base.

Defence is committed to implementing programs to improve energy efficiency and resilience, reducing costs and reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

The project will integrate with the existing Defence power infrastructure to increase the energy resilience of the base.

The potential remains for the microgrid to be connected to a wave energy resource in the future.

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