Demonstration of an industrial microgrid

20 July 2023
Focus area: Energy
Program stream: Sustainability
Project number: 2017-1147

This project incorporated solar energy and battery storage to provide a meat processing facility with partial independence from the electricity grid. A microgrid is a small ‘subset’ of the electricity grid that provides energy generation and storage at a local level. 

The purpose of this project combined renewable energy generation with sheep grazing as a demonstration of dual land use.

It offered the opportunity to study grazing and pasture management in conjunction with a ‘greenfield’ solar installation with sheep grazing under solar panels.

The findings included good financial returns together with reducing carbon emissions. 

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