The Australian Renewable Energy Agency has announced $5.5 million support for Hydro Tasmania to develop an innovative off-grid hybrid renewable energy project on Flinders Island.

The project would use a combination of solar, wind, diesel and storage together with a sophisticated control system, to displace more than 60% of the island’s diesel generated energy. The Flinders Island project will build on the success of a similar project Hydro Tasmania developed on King Island which is delivering 100% renewable energy to that island when conditions allow.

The Flinders Island project will include the development of portable hybrid energy modules suitable to house and transport components for off-grid hybrid renewable energy projects. Hydro Tasmania believes that this  scalable approach has the potential to be a real game changer in remote area.