Power for wild places


Power for wild places

Everyone should have access to cheap, clean, reliable power. We work with government agencies, local businesses, traditional land owners, and local communities to build a more sustainable future for islands and remote areas.


What We Do

What We Do


We specialise in remote island power - the design and development of renewable energy systems for island communities.
Our focus is on offgrid and remote island communities that use diesel generators for power generation.

Construction & Deployment
of Hybrid Microgrids

We build and install hybrid renewable energy projects using solar, wind, battery storage, and advanced control systems.

We believe all systems should be scalable and modular, and support the growth of future projects in remote areas.

We can provide staged integrations of high-penetration renewables into existing diesel networks, and automatic switching between renewables, storage or existing diesel genset assets.

Operation & Maintenance
of Renewable Infrastructure

We can provide operation and maintenance capabilities for renewable energy projects, microgrids, and other power infrastructure.

Services include complete operational control of the network, day-to-day power service and plant operation, and power services for critical assets.

We can provide regular maintenance and inspection capabilities and can respond to unscheduled maintenance and network faults on-site or remotely.

Island, Remote Area &
Offgrid Location Logistics

We are used to dealing with island shipping and remote area logistics, and we can train or work with local labor teams for local economic development.

We have practical experience dealing with projects in highly corrosive island and marine environments, as well as projects in tropical cyclone areas including Australian wind regions B & C.

Support services include remote monitoring, on island support, and technicians who can fly out for critical service issues.



Our services include feasibility and design studies, financial modelling, strategic planning, and project management. 

System Modelling & Engineering Design

System design, scoping, and evaluation of multiple design topologies across a range of renewable energy sources and storage options. 

We use software modelling to simulate multiple system designs so that each system achieves the highest efficiency and value for money.

Financial Modelling & Business Case Optimisation

We use custom financial modelling to understand and maximise the commercial viability of each project.

We model all commercial considerations, available energy resources, and a range of engineering solutions to determine the best system configuration for each site.

Business model evaluation and power purchase agreement structuring and negotiation can be used to provide the commercial basis for feasibility studies, debt finance, or project funding.

Project Management, Planning & Approvals

We can also provide project management capabilities, from early stage concepts through to large scale projects.

Our services include the development of complete power delivery and operation plans, regulatory & HSSE compliance, tender submissions, approvals, and risk management.

We like working on complex projects with partnerships that run across local communities, governments, and private company stakeholders.


About ISLAND Power CO

About ISLAND Power CO


We build island microgrids for remote communities so they can save money, reduce carbon emissions, and improve power service reliability. Our goal is 100% renewable energy for multiple islands and remote communities in the Indian Ocean Territories by 2025.

We design, develop, and deploy hybrid renewable energy microgrids for remote communities and islands that have high-cost, high-carbon power infrastructure. Our ideal projects range from 50 kW village installations to low MW utility scale systems in offgrid communities. Our focus is on remote islands and isolated communities with difficult logistics, heavy reliance on diesel fuel, and a high levelised cost of electricity. We develop projects in-house and also work with large EPC partners to deliver utility scale projects efficiently and cheaply.



Our team has seven years of experience delivering power generation at the megawatt scale for island and remote communities, including the management, operation, and oversight of three Government owned power stations in the Indian Ocean Territories in Australia.


David Ellis

David brings utility-scale experience in the operation and management of remote area microgrids and power services.

As manager of the Indian Ocean Territories Power Service from 2013-2016, he was responsible for all power generation and distribution services in the Australian territories of Christmas Island and Cocos (Keeling) Islands.

David's experience includes complete power service delivery, operations and management, as well as liaison with the private sector and federal, state, and local governments for the delivery of critical power infrastructure in remote island communities.

David has seven years of technical experience as an electrical supervisor and electrician for the IOTPS from 2010 to 2016, and has qualifications in electrical engineering, instrumentation, and business management.

David brings experience working in remote and offgrid communities, including experience across multiple active renewable projects in Indonesia, working on technical design, engineering, and project delivery for ecoresorts, telecom, and commercial renewable sectors. 

David Ellis leads Island Power Co’s system design, engineering, and project operations and management.

David McKinney

David has a track record of founding and delivering successful technology companies and products across multiple industry sectors, working in all aspects of design, engineering, business development, and management of technology companies.

David currently leads the software development team at Solar Suite Pty Ltd, an Australian solar company that supports residential, commercial, and industrial installers in the design, engineering, procurement, and construction of commercial and large scale solar in Australia.

David was previously founder and CEO of an Australian software application startup that developed multiple high profile apps in the App Store, achieving millions of sales and millions of users across the globe.

As a software designer and engineer, David has achieved multiple number one apps in the US, Canada, Japan, Australia, and across Europe. David has developed, licensed and sold intellectual property, had his work featured in The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal, and been featured extensively by Apple worldwide.

Prior to working in software, David was a marine scientist for the Australian Government, where he worked as a marine ecologist on the response of coral reef ecosystems to climate change.

David McKinney leads Island Power Co’s commercial and company management.





We have experience ranging from the design and modelling of tiny standalone ecoresort microgrids (50 kW) to the management, operation, and technical support of megawatt-scale government-owned island power stations (1-8 MW). For small resort-scale developments we provide packaged design, engineering, and installation, while for megawatt-scale projects our preferred model is to develop microgrids as an independent power producer, selling electricity under a power purchase agreement. We work primarily in offshore remote communities in Australia and Indonesia. We can help you with the following:

Photovoltaic Solar

Battery Storage



Control Systems

Remote Monitoring

Diesel Integration


Contact Us

Contact Us


Island Power Co

Island Power Co Pty Ltd
ACN 617 149 032 | EC 13075

Office 2, Administration Building
Cocos (Keeling) Islands, WA 6799
Indian Ocean Territories

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