A Broome business has been engaged to build clean-energy power systems for remote communities under a trial which it is hoped will lead to a Statewide rollout. Durack MHR Melissa Price last week revealed GenOffGrid had been awarded $357,000 under a $25 million Federal Government package to investigate micro and off-grid power supply for regional energy provision. GenOffGrid will build rapidly deployable clean energy “solar skids” in Broome to be tested at three remote communities. Managing director John Davidson said the company’s systems were engineered and built in Broome, and structural frames were sourced from a Broome-based Aboriginal-owned business. “Our solar skids are easily transportable, cyclone-rated ‘plug-and-play’ solar and battery systems designed for harsh outback conditions,” he said. “Hence, they are ideally suitable as the next evolution to the energy infrastructure that was installed under the Bushlight renewable energy program that ran from 2002-2013.” Mr Davidson said if the trial worked, there was potential for substantial manufacturing at the company’s Broome, Karratha and Darwin facilities. Remote Indigenous communities in the Kimberley are set to benefit from their share in $25.6m Federal Government funding to back 20 microgrid feasibility studies for remote locations. Ms Price said she was pleased to see three companies and locations in her electorate receive the grants. “The studies will investigate whether establishing a microgrid or upgrading existing off-grid technologies would better meet the energy needs of regional and remote communities,” she said. Microgrids reduce regional communities’ reliance on diesel generation, bringing down electricity bills.