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Ginninderry Microgrid

Ginninderry

Ginninderry is an 11,000 home residential development extending across the ACT/NSW border to the west of Belconnen and includes the newly named suburbs of Strathnairn and Macnamara. The project is being developed by a Joint Venture between the ACT Government and Riverview Developments. Their vision is to build a sustainable community of international significance, with innovation, diversity and ecological criteria at its core.

In terms of renewable energy this translates into the goal of becoming the world’s first energy positive suburb through the development of an embedded renewable microgrid that generates and supplies all of the suburb’s energy needs from within its own borders and delivers a surplus for the surrounding area.

The Ginninderry microgrid will combine and integrate residential solar and battery storage, commercial solar, small-scale on-site solar farms and precinct-level storage including batteries and pumped hydro. 

Key stakeholders for Ginninderry’s microgrid are Riverview Projects (project managers), ACT Government LDA, Infrastructure Planning & Design and Energy Policy, Beast Solutions (energy system consultants), Elton Consulting (community consultation), Content Marketing (content development and marketing).

The SERREE Industry Cluster has supported the Ginninderry Microgrid project by providing Riverview Projects with access to grant funding through SERREE’s current funding agreement with ARENA.

This funding was used to undertake a social research project to explore the uncharted dimension of people’s assumptions, expectations, perceived benefits, reservations and objections towards renewable energy systems and the proposed microgrid.

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Social Research Project

The Ginninderry Energy Research Team released their findings in their Householder Attitudes to Residential Renewable Energy Futures report launched at Green Cities 2017 Conference. The report combines existing research and survey data from a number of stakeholder and community workshops undertaken in Canberra through 2016.

The study primarily focused on three scenarios using Ginninderry as an example of a new large-scale residential development and explores householder attitudes towards:

  • Solar PV and Battery Storage
  • Microgrids (or embedded networks)
  • A fully electric suburb

All scenarios highlight the importance of education in making informed decisions about energy systems with marked attitude changes occurring during workshops when presented with alternative energy solutions.

Click here to access the report