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Exploring the Holistic Benefits of Microgrid Research in Australia

Microgrid research is at the forefront of renewable energy innovation in Australia, particularly in meeting the energy needs of regional communities. Led by a team from Charles Sturt University, the research delves into the vital role of community microgrids and their wide-ranging benefits. While the technological aspects of microgrids are well-established, the team is actively exploring the business models, ownership structures, and project financing that underpin these systems. Dr. Alfred Wong, Senior Lecturer at the Charles Sturt School of Business, emphasizes the importance of considering not just the environmental advantages of microgrids but also their economic and social impacts on rural, regional, and remote areas.

The team, which includes experts from the School of Business and the Gulbali Institute for Agriculture, Water, and Environment, aims to shed light on the holistic benefits of microgrids beyond renewable energy generation. These benefits encompass energy security, cost savings, local employment opportunities, and community well-being enhancements. By focusing on the development of microgrid projects, the research team seeks to positively impact various communities, from individual vineyards to entire regions, including Indigenous communities striving to maintain their traditional way of life. Through their research publications and collaborations with industry partners, the team is actively shaping the energy sustainability agenda and contributing to Charles Sturt University’s commitment to sustainability and the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals.

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