Sydney / Berlin, 16 July 2014 – Photon Energy has secured funding from the German Energy Agency (dena) to design and install a solar PV powered battery power supply for a television and radio broadcast antenna operated by communications infrastructure provider BAI. Thanks to a solar PV system combined with 215 kWh‘s of battery storage the antenna in Muswellbrook, NSW, will become a benchmark for providing a complete power supply for remote locations. The tower will store solar power during daylight hours and provide a constant 24 hour power supply from the battery system and back-up generator. The technology for the system is largely Made in Germany.

Global solar power solutions provider Photon Energy has teamed up with German Energy Agency (dena) and BAI for a pilot project to pioneer the use of renewable energy for communications infrastructure in remote locations. Using mainly German technology Photon Energy will install a 215 kWh solar PV powered battery system that will replace the current power system of a broadcast antenna near Muswellbrook in NSW, operated by BAI. Once successfully tested the concept could be implemented on thousands of sites across Australia.

Having been selected by dena to implement this innovative solar PV battery power supply is a great step forward for solar power to provide a complete clean and economically viable power supply for remote sites, dena has shown confidence in our solution and it is great success for us, “ says Michael Gartner, Managing Director of Photon Energy Australia. „The potential for solar PV in the replacement of conventional energy sources is substantial and will bring cost benefits and emmissions savings for Australia in the coming years and decades“, Gartner adds.

Jim Hassell, BAI Group Chief Exectutive Officer, said, „We’re thrilled to be involved in this groundbreaking project. As a service provider that relies heavily on external market forces, it’s exciting to think that soon we’ll be able to generate much of our own power. The longer-term outcome of this project will prove beneficial for our customers in many ways, as we’ll be able to provide them with a lower carbon footprint, more cost certainty and improved reliability against the grid in remote locations. We’re looking forward to assessing the outcomes of this project for a potential future network-wide implementation.

The telcom tower will be powered by a 39 kWp solar power installation using 215 kWh of batteries and a 8 kVA diesel back-up system for emergencies. The technology – 156 solar panels, 72 BAE batteries (supplied by R+J batteries), 3 SMA inverters and a monitoring system – is mostly Made in Germany.

Photon Energy has already installed several rooftop power plants in Australia and has recently presented revolutionary, standardised financing option to unlock the commercial PV market for business customers such as manufacturers, hotels mines, retail chains, data centers and other energy-demanding clients. „We are thrilled that we can show how to incorporate solar PV into any given energy system and prove that using abundant sunlight for your own power consumption is the way forward“, concluded Managing Director Michael Gartner.

This project is part of the worldwide dena Renewable Energy Solutions Programme coordinated by Deutsche Energie-Agentur GmbH (dena) – the German Energy Agency – and co-financed by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi) within the initiative „renewables – Made in Germany“.


Jan Krcmar
Photon Energy
T +420 773 032 182

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