Lord Howe Island, 600 kilometres east of Port Macquarie, is aiming to source 80% of its electricity from solar and wind by 2019.

Until now, the island has relied on fortnightly shipments of diesel fuel to supply power for the island’s 350 residents and up to 400 tourists at any one time.

The Lord Howe Island Board has secured a $4.5 million Commonwealth grant and a $5.9 million New South Wales Government loan to establish the integrated hybrid system of solar panels, two small wind turbines and battery storage, with diesel backup.