Australia’s Largest Tesla Battery Installed

Australia’s largest Tesla battery installed behind the meter has gone live. Engineered & integrated by Autonomous Energy, the 2.6MW / 4.3MWh Tesla Powerpack battery is a key component of an autonomous microgrid installed at a large industrial site in South Australia.

The microgrid comprises a 4.3MWh lithium-ion battery, a 2.5MW solar PV system (6,500 solar panels) and a 2.5MW diesel generator all connected electrically and with fibre optic cable, and controlled by a custom-engineered microgrid smart control system.

The microgrid works in both on-grid and off grid modes, able to intelligently and instantaneously respond to various scenarios, ensuring reliability at the same time as reducing costs. From an energy security perspective - it’s ground-breaking ... in a blackout the whole site will automatically isolate from the grid and the microgrid system will supply the site’s entire electrical load with no interruptions.

All technologies used in this microgrid are scalable & modular, so they can also be deployed at larger or smaller sites. This means that anyone from a university, large industrial user, remote mine site or island, to a school, hospital, residential precinct or medium-sized business can achieve the savings and energy security benefits available from this type of project.
08 Aug 2019

Sydney's Newest Sustainability Superstar

The Autonomous Energy team – in conjunction with Dexus and All Works Electrical – have delivered a unique solar project at 100 Harris St, Pyrmont. This heritage listed property was recently converted into a state-of-the-art office and one of Sydney’s newest sustainability superstars.

The project had its own inherent complexities - such as working with a heritage asset and a complex roof design. Our team completed additional works to ensure the historic building was safe for the installation of the 606 solar panels. The saw-tooth roof features a series of ridges with glass panels that diffuse natural light over a large area. And that saw-tooth design is now earning praise as a renewable energy powerhouse, with its distinctive shape ideal for solar panels.

The system is expected to deliver a reduction in CO2 of 322 tonnes per year, and the solar project overall will pay for itself within around 5 years. A great result for Dexus and the tenants of 100 Harris Street.
19 Jul 2019

Introducing the Ausgrid Power2U Program

Autonomous Energy has been selected to implement the Ausgrid Power2U program, providing rebates for solar PV installed and LED lighting upgrades. 

Up to $50,000 in rebates are available for solar PV and LED lighting implementations in the 2200 postcode area.


What is the Ausgrid Power2U program? 

The Ausgrid Power2U program provides rebates of up to $250* per kW of solar PV and up to $100*/MWh of energy saved from LED lighting upgrades (approximately $100 per 15 lights). A single customer can receive up to $50,000 in rebates, for either solar PV or LED lighting upgrades. 


Who is eligible for the rebate? 

The rebate is available to all residential and business customers in the 2200 postcode (Bankstown, Condell Park and Bankstown Aerodrome). The total rebate funding is limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis.


Why is Power2U being offered? 

Currently, 80% of the cost of maintaining the electricity network is related to the replacement of aged network infrastructure.

This cost of managing the electricity network is about a third of an electricity bill. Large scale electricity network upgrades can add to this cost. To help explore solutions which can manage this cost and therefore make electricity rates affordable over time, the Ausgrid Power2U program is being offered to customers in the 2200 postcode area. Incentives are available for those eligible to install solar PV and LED lighting - which will allow Ausgrid to manage the network more flexibly and improve reliability for customers.



To find out more - click here to contact our team.


*Subject to change

25 Mar 2019

Autonomous Energy team to be at Sydney Build 2019

We’re excited to be exhibiting at Sydney Build 2019 - Australia's Premier Infrastructure Expo - taking place on 14-15 March at the Hordern Pavilion and Royal Hall of Industries.

If you're interested in construction and would like to know how energy efficiency and solar PV integrate into the process, be sure to attend the country's largest dedicated industry event.

We hope to see you there!
28 Feb 2019

Marymede Catholic College Solar PV System Now Operational

We are proud to have worked closely with Marymede Catholic College and specialist energy strategy firm, Mamachi, during 2018 on the design and installation of a 270kW solar PV system. The system is now operational on various roof spaces across the South Morang (Melbourne) campus - 100kW is located on top of the Trade Centre; whilst the other 170kW is operational across the Colleges Main Admin and Calthorpe (Library) buildings.

This system is expected to reduce the College’s annual electricity consumption by over a third, and save 200 tonnes of CO2 – which is equal to eliminating 60,000km of driving - over 10 years.

One of the key factors behind the shift towards solar energy was the ability to deliver curricular integration through the College's STEM disciplines as well as supporting Community Leadership Programs. In particular, the system on the Trade Centre roof is clearly visible - the system inverters are within observable reach of Marymede students for use in a range of curricular applications – helping teach the next generation of sustainable energy experts!
20 Dec 2018

Museums Victoria Solar Project Kicks Off with Helicopter Lift

It’s not every day you see a helicopter hovering over Melbourne’s CBD lifting solar panels! It was a very exciting weekend for the Autonomous Energy team, overseeing the lifting - by helicopter - of thousands of solar panels on to the roof of the Melbourne Museum, ready for installation.

Our team has been working closely with Siemens on the roll-out of this innovative solar project, which is part of a larger program of energy performance measures. Over the coming 4 months Autonomous Energy will deliver solar PV systems across 4 of Museum Victoria’s prestigious locations – including the Melbourne Museum and Scienceworks. 
19 Nov 2018

Over 300kW of Solar PV at Westfield Plenty Valley (VIC)

We are delighted to be working with Scentre Group on a number of renewable energy projects to assist them in achieving their sustainability goals. Scentre Group continue to take significant steps towards their goal of over 5MW of onsite, distributed solar generation capacity by 2020.

In early 2018 Autonomous Energy completed installation of over 300kW of solar PV at Westfield Plenty Valley in Melbourne’s northern suburbs. Designed and built exclusively by Autonomous Energy, this project features over 1,000 solar panels.

Plenty Valley Shopping Centre is one of 4 Westfield locations contributing towards Scentre Group’s ambitious solar target.
20 Oct 2018

2018 Winner - Best Solar PV Design and Installation

Autonomous Energy has once again won the Solar Design and Installation Award for the Best Solar Power System in Australia.   

Congratulations to Matthew Linney, Jarrod Shepherd, Sam Chaffey, Soleman Massoud as well as all AE team members involved in the Sydney Markets Limited project. This outstanding initiative is currently Sydney’s largest solar power system.

Presented by the Clean Energy Council last night at All Energy Australia 2018, this is the second consecutive year that Autonomous Energy has won this hotly contested award, in the largest scale category (over 240kW – any eligible system). This award is great recognition from the renewable energy sector’s peak industry body of our unwavering commitment to prioritising quality, safety and performance in every project we deliver.
 
04 Oct 2018

Westfield Coomera Solar PV System in Final Stages of Construction

We are excited to once again be working with Scentre Group on the roll-out of their solar projects. The Westfield Coomera solar project, designed and built by the Autonomous Energy team, has been in progress for the past 8 months and, upon completion, will be the largest solar car park in Australia. It will produce an impressive 2.3MW of power from almost 6,000 solar panels. Currently in the final stages of construction, the new Westfield Coomera solar PV system will go a long way towards achieving Scentre Group’s goal of over 5MW of solar generation capacity by 2020. Congratulations to everyone involved at Scentre Group for developing and implementing such a socially and environmentally progressive program.
30 Sep 2018

Autonomous Energy the ONLY Double Finalist in 2018 CEC Awards

We are very proud to announce that Autonomous Energy is the ONLY company with multiple projects progressing to Finalist stage in the 2018 CEC Solar Design and Installation Awards. In the ‘over 240kW’ category, the 2.2MW rooftop solar system installed at Sydney Markets has been recognised. The beauty of this project lies underneath the surface, with an amazing level of detail in the quality and safety of the design and installation which was completed by our in-house installation team. In the ‘under 30kW stand-alone PV power system’ category, the second Autonomous Energy project to be selected, is our ground-breaking Solar Trees project for Werribee Open Range Zoo in Melbourne. This creative, first-of-its-kind solar installation, inspired by the African thorn tree, aesthetically integrates with the surrounding landscape, making use of great materials including recycled hardwood and bifacial panels.

The 2018 winners will be announced 3rd October. Congratulations to our talented solar design and install teams, and to all other Finlaists. 

The full list of 2018 Finalists can be viewed here.
12 Sep 2018

Autonomous Energy appointed to Solar PPA Provider Panel

Autonomous Energy are proud to be appointed to the NSW Government’s prequalified panel of Solar PPA providers. Congratulations to everyone at the NSW Office of Environment and Heritage on implementing this socially and environmentally advantageous program with all it’s complexities. This represents a true breakthrough in the way local councils and NSW government agencies can procure pollution-free, onsite solar electricity, whilst saving the taxpayer money and not having to invest any capital to build this important infrastructure. In collaboration with our partners, its exciting for us to be closely involved in the rollout of solar PV under innovative PPA structures.
 
02 Apr 2018

Official 'Go-Live' Ceremony at Sydney’s Flemington Markets

Sydney’s largest solar power system went ‘live’ yesterday at the iconic Sydney Markets. The official opening ceremony was attended by Sydney Markets Ltd executives, the Minister for Planning, Anthony Roberts, Senator Concetta Fierravanti-Wells, Autonomous Energy executives and media. The Sydney Markets solar project now produces an incredible 3.2MW of power from approximately 8,600 solar panels. The complex roll-out involved 4  project phases and was designed and built by Autonomous Energy and installed exclusively by our in-house installation team.
 
14 Mar 2018

Sydney Markets Flicks The Switch On Massive Solar Installation

Working closely with the Sydney’s Flemington Markets team, Autonomous Energy has turned on Australia’s largest private rooftop solar installation. The project took about 5 months to complete and will shave millions of dollars off Sydney Markets power bills. The total installed solar systems – which includes a smaller set of panels over the newly-built carpark – consists of nearly 8,600 solar panels and generates more than 3 megawatts - providing about 11 per cent of the group's annual power consumption. It is the equivalent of providing enough energy to power approximately 730 homes each year.


 
14 Mar 2018

Australian Brewery Launches Solar Initiative

Working with the team at Momento Hospitality, Autonomous Energy has delivered another high quality solar PV installation. By utilising our design and installation expertise – and featuring SolarEdge Technologies inverters and LG Electronics solar panels – our team has ensured this is a long-lasting and high output system.
 
26 Feb 2018

Sydney Airport’s New Solar Car Park Up and Running

Great to see Sydney Airport’s new solar car park up and running. Installed on the 12th storey of the northern carpark at the international terminal, our solution involved a custom designed and built structure that resulted in the ability to safely install a much larger PV system than would be possible with an ‘off the shelf’ solution. Notably we installed 45 tonnes of steel, 25.2 tonnes of aluminium, 1800 special low reflectivity PV modules and an integrated LED car park lighting system. Hats off to Autonomous Energy’s engineering and installation teams, Lend Lease and Sydney Airport for working so well together in delivering this innovative clean energy solution.
 
01 Dec 2017

Winner - Best Solar PV Design and Installation 2017

Autonomous Energy is proud to be awarded the accolade of Best Solar PV Design and Installation (Largest Scale category) at the 2017 All Energy Conference in Melbourne. After careful consideration, the CEC judging panel selected the University of Southern Queensland’s solar car park as the winning project. As the largest solar car park in Australia, this is one of our flagship projects. Congratulations to the whole Autonomous Energy team and in particular Matthew Linney and Soleman Massoud - who lead the delivery of this unprecedented and innovative project. Congratulations also to the other finalists, AGL and Todae Solar, who had great projects in contention.
 
12 Oct 2017