How a world heritage island has become an inspirational microcosm for electrification

Former conservative energy minister Josh Frydenberg kyboshed Lord Howe Island’s plans to build a wind turbine which would help reduce its reliance on dirty, expensive diesel electricity generation.

But the world heritage island community kept pursuing plans for renewables and now generates nearly70% of their electricity from solar and battery storage.

Stuart Watson, community solar and EV pioneer, and solar yachting sailor, sailed out to the island to check on the solar panels he’s installed on several private residences and resorts, and gives the low down on the island’s full electrification plans.

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Anne Delaney
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March 4, 2024
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