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Some rural areas in Australia have no nearby electricity grids or establishing a connection to the grid is a possibility through the out of pocket expense of installing utility poles. To be on the grid in these cases tends to be more expensive and a less beneficial solution to getting an off-grid power system.

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Consumer’s Guide

Exploring Power Systems for Off Grid Living

Are you seeking off grid power for your rural living and lifestyle? Wondering what options you have given you’re not attached to the grid? Here, you’ll learn about rural off-grid power systems. These can either be stand-alone power systems or mini-grids. Let’s continue exploring the possibilities below.

What is a Mini-Grid

A mini-grid (also called an isolated grid or a micro-grid) is an off-grid system consisting of a set of electricity generators and energy storage systems that are interconnected to a distribution grid which supplies electricity to a limited number of premises.

Due to the practical design and function of a mini-grid which enables it to serve multiple premises (as opposed to a stand-alone system’s ability to serve only individual customers or handle small productive applications), it is considered the ideal off-grid solution for small communities located in rural sites, especially if the goal is to serve more than one property.

In fact, a typical mini-grid can supply electricity (with power at or above grid quality level) to concentrated settlements that include residential, agricultural and commercial customers.

To generate electricity, a mini-grid can utilise one or multiple renewable energy sources – solar, wind, biomass, and hydro. If the reliability of the system is a concern, it’s recommended to design a mini-grid in a way that it utilises several renewable energies instead of one. And in case of an emergency, a mini-grid should be paired with a back-up system (batteries, diesel or petrol generators) to ensure that consumers experience zero downtime with their electricity usage.

Read more about an off-grid solar system, known also as a stand-alone solar power systems

GRES offers innovative off grid solar system solutions that include the provision of 24/7 electricity to consumers who are situated in rural sites.

Whether it’s a hybrid or non-hybrid system, our significant experience in the industry allows us to cater to all of our clients’ renewable energy production needs.

Contact GRES now for a consultation with one of our renewable energy experts.

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