How to Assess a Location for Renewable Energy Installations

How to assess a location for renewable energy installations

How can you plan for your next renewable energy project?

The demand for renewable energy solutions around Australia has stretched beyond just solar power systems, with a range of different installations all contributing to create more sustainable developments. 

However, not all options will be suitable for every type of structure, meaning project managers and engineers would do well to consult renewable energy experts to ensure their plans can be supported by these technologies. 

There are a wide range of variables that can alter the effectiveness of these systems, from a project’s environment, climate, position in relation to the nearest grid and intended purpose. 

How can you get the most out of solar panels?

In general, most parts of Australia are suitable locations for the addition of solar panels, with the country’s climate and weather trends providing the perfect platform. However, this isn’t necessarily a guarantee that all solar panels will be able to operate at peak capacity without careful planning. 

One of the most basic, but also most important, aspects to consider is whether or not a solar installation will have an unobstructed path between itself and the sun at all times. While it may be able to receive the full force of the sun’s energy in the morning hours, surrounding buildings, foliage or other obstacles could reduce exposure throughout the day. 

In these cases, energy storage systems can add an extra degree of functionality to the solar installations project managers choose. Essentially, these are batteries which collect the electricity generated by solar panels, allowing the energy to be deployed when it is needed most. For example, cloud cover may reduce the effect of the solar generation, or a failure may demand emergency power. 

What do you need to know about the grid?

According to the Clean Energy Council, Australia has four main electricity grids that distribute power across the states. In many cases, Australia’s remote and diverse landscape results in a number of industrial and commercial projects that exist outside of these major grids. 

In particular, the country’s mining industry depends on large projects in areas that aren’t necessarily supported by the four major grids. Renewable energy installations offer the ability for projects of any nature to either become independent from the grid or create a local equivalent. 

Projects that rely on diesel electricity generation are in the prime position to take advantage of the supporting technology offered in this area, such as grid stability systems (GSS). 

The GSS MPower provides ensures projects get a stable supply of electricity from a combination of non-renewable energy sources and solar panels. 

To find out more about how renewable energy can change your next project, contact the team at MPower. 

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