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Kalbarriā€™s laid back lifestyle to be powered by 21st century solution

Tourists flock to Kalbarri to enjoy the natural environment but the remoteness of the coastal town has at times been the cause of disruptions to the power supply.

This is all set to change thanks to the development of a microgrid.

The Mid West town currently receives power via a 140km long rural feeder line from Geraldton which is exposed to the elements.

Interference on the line can cause extended outages.

Kalbarri will soon be powered by its own microgrid - a small scale power grid will also be connected to the main electrical network.

The microgrid will use renewable energy from solar and a local wind farm.

The microgrid will have a commercial sized battery as a backup which will be able to supply 5MW of peak capacity with at least 2MWh of energy storage.