The Australian Renewable Energy Agency is investing $18.5 million in a project by Energy Developments to install a solar, wind and storage system that will supply 70% of the electricity for the outback town of Coober Pedy.

The company plans to install 2MW of solar PV, 3MW of wind and 750kWh of battery storage.

The project, which will include short-term energy storage, fast start diesel engines and an advanced control system to enable smooth operation, will be similar to the renewable energy integration project conducted by Hydro Tasmania on King Island.

Energy Developments has 676MW of capacity, including 33 remote sites, in Australia but most are powered by gas or diesel. The Coober Pedy installation will be its first with significant amounts of wind and solar.