Friday, 8 October 2021

9th Oct 2021 - The largest ever battery in the Kimberley was successfully installed at the Broome Boulevard

The largest ever battery in the Kimberley was successfully installed at the Broome Boulevard to support the Broome utility grid during periods of intermittent cloud coverage The operation executed by four local Broome businesses; Gen Off Grid, H&M Tracey, Lift N Rigg & Roadline Civil Contractors


A perfect early Broome morning was the setting for the successful delivery of the Kimberley’s largest battery. The operation executed by four local Broome businesses, the battery was lifted into place by the local Lift'N'Rig team, in support of the GenOffGrid & H&M Tracey installed solar & battery system at the Broome Boulevard.

“The battery system is unique in that its sole purpose is to provide smoothing services for the Broome Grid, ensuring that the 1MW Solar Carpark project does not impact upon the grid stability and thereby also ensuring that the project does not adversely affect the town’s hosting capacity for residential solar”. Tom Straw Project Manager for the GenOffGrid & H&M Tracey JV Broome Boulevard project said. “With a discharge power of up to 1MW, this is the largest battery ever to be deployed in the Kimberley region”.

Thursday, 26 August 2021

Aug 27th 2021 - Onslow in WA's north-west ran entirely on solar power and batteries for 80 minutes

 https://www.abc.net.au/news/rural/2021-08-26/onslow-blueprint-for-electricity-grids-across-australia/100327784

The trial is seen as groundbreaking and a potential blueprint for energy systems around Australia.


On a cloudless and warm day like so many others during Australia's northern dry season, the power station at Onslow fell eerily quiet.

It was late June and the electricity system servicing the small town, 1,300 kilometres north of Perth, had just undergone a remarkable transformation.

For the first time, Onslow's power demand was being met entirely from the energy generated by the sun.

The fleet of heavy and noisy gas-fired turbines that were the mainstay of Onslow's needs had been switched off.

In something of a eureka moment for energy watchers, solar backed by large-scale batteries successfully ran an electricity network for 80 minutes.

But that it had not been achieved until this year, and could not stay up for longer, highlighted the difficulties of going 100 per cent renewable, energy watchers said.

Wednesday, 4 August 2021

Aug 5th 2021 - Broome Boulevard Solar Car Park 1363 kW DC Power and 1000 kW Battery


Renewable energy records continue to tumble across the country, with the latest notable milestone being reached in Western Australia, where solar power is now regularly reaching  50 per cent of supply in the middle of the day.

 

Friday, 16 July 2021

July 2021 - Frack Free Kimberley Concert

 Kimberley Calling - A Frack Free Kimberley Concert



Traditional Owners and environment groups are putting on a concert for a Frack Free Kimberley this weekend at the Cable Beach Amphitheatre, Broome.

The main message coming out of the concert is that the Kimberley is too precious to frack and Premier McGowan is being asked to apply the same standards to the Kimberley as he has set for the south west, Peel and Perth Metropolitan areas and the Dampier Peninsula where the industry is banned.

The concert features Kimberley bands and musicians including international blues singer Olive Knight, For Sure, Wil Thomas with Mama Kin, Albert Gray, Tanya Ransom, Paul Boon and Elwood Gray, Clifton Girgiba, The Mexicans with Chicca and John Butler with a 'special guest'.

"Our Country is our life, we have a cultural responsibility to look after it. We are totally opposed to fracking, we don't want to see Country destroyed by this polluting industry," said Nuria Jadai, Mangala - Martu Traditional Owner.

"We don’t want fracking on our Country, we want to make sure it’s healthy for future generations. We voted against fracking in 2014, its time the Premier banned this industry,” said Micklo Corpus, Yawuru Traditional Owner.

"It's an honour to have been invited up to Broome to support the community in the struggle for Kimberley Calling - A Frack Free Kimberley Concert

Traditional Owners and environment groups are putting on a concert for a Frack Free Kimberley this weekend at the Cable Beach Amphitheatre, Broome.

The main message coming out of the concert is that the Kimberley is too precious to frack and Premier McGowan is being asked to apply the same standards to the Kimberley as he has set for the south west, Peel and Perth Metropolitan areas and the Dampier Peninsula where the industry is banned.

The concert features Kimberley bands and musicians including international blues singer Olive Knight, For Sure, Wil Thomas with Mama Kin, Albert Gray, Tanya Ransom, Paul Boon and Elwood Gray, Clifton Girgiba, The Mexicans with Chicca and John Butler with a 'special guest'.

"Our Country is our life, we have a cultural responsibility to look after it. We are totally opposed to fracking, we don't want to see Country destroyed by this polluting industry," said Nuria Jadai, Mangala - Martu Traditional Owner.

"We don’t want fracking on our Country, we want to make sure it’s healthy for future generations. We voted against fracking in 2014, its time the Premier banned this industry,” said Micklo Corpus, Yawuru Traditional Owner.

"It's an honour to have been invited up to Broome to support the community in the struggle for a Frack Free Kimberley. This region is way too precious to be sacrificed to industrialisation and fracking and it really doesn't make sense when we know renewables can supply the energy we need. Everyone knows fossil fuels will cook the planet, let's keep the Kimberley frack free like the south west and Perth." said John Butler.

"This is about everyone coming together to send a message that the Kimberley is too precious to frack. The WA government has banned fracking in the south west, Peel and Perth Metropolitan areas and Dampier Peninsula, so if it's not safe there why is the rest of the Kimberley being sacrificed to this polluting industry?" said Martin Pritchard, Director, Environs Kimberley.

“People from all over the Country are concerned about the Kimberley being opened up to fracking. We know when the community gets together this polluting industry can be stopped, this is the beginning of a national push to protect the Kimberley from fracking,” said Claire Mckinnon from Lock the Gate.

Concert details -

* Bus available from town and back
* Starts 5pm till 10pm
* Covid safe
* Food stalls
* BYO drinks (alcohol free)

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  • Roswitha Soechtig
    The Kimberleys are the spirit of life. In my book about Australia I have written about the wonderful earth. (German and English).
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  • Kerry Majors
    Wish I was back home to attend this amazing event 😌
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    Can we purchase TShirts in suuport ?
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