Seventeen microgrid feasibility studies in West Australian and Northern Territory indigenous communities have received $19 million under the Regional and Remote Communities Reliability Fund.
The funding has been allocated under Round One of the $50 million initiative established last year to provide more reliable, secure, and cost-effective energy supply options for regional and remote communities.
Money will also go to studies looking at whether rural farming communities in Victoria would benefit from establishing a microgrid, or upgrading existing off-grid technologies.
Deputy Prime Minister Michael McCormack said initiatives such as this consolidate regional Australia as a great place to live, work and invest outside metropolitan areas.
Click here for a full list of successful projects under Round One.