Australian Vanadium Limited (ASX: AVL) subsidiary VSUN Energy Pty Ltd has signed a non-binding Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) for the potential installation of a vanadium redox flow battery and solar PV system in a school in Western Australia’s remote outback.
The MOU has been signed with the Nomads Charitable & Education Foundation and is for a period of 12 months with VSUN Energy applying for a grant from the WA State Government to fund the installation of a solar photovoltaic (PV) and vanadium redox flow battery (VRFB) solution at the Strelley Community School in the Pilbara region on behalf of Nomads.
Nomads is a group of Aboriginal controlled entities that operate remote community schools and cattle stations in the East Pilbara. Around 50 Aboriginal people are currently employed through the group in education support and facilities maintenance.
Strelley Community School is the oldest continually operational Independent Aboriginal Community School in Australia. It commenced operation in 1976. The smaller of the two campuses at Strelley requires infrastructure (power) upgrades.
Nomads recently installed a new Reverse Osmosis plant for water purification, but their aging diesel generators are still in need of replacement with the renewable solution the best answer.
The project will provide opportunities for training and STEM teaching at the school. One of the grant’s key criteria is job creation and skill development, which is part of the project’s remit. VSUN Energy will provide in-kind assistance to the school through the training and education components.