The Alice Springs Future Grid project is a two-year $12.5m project focused on remov­ing bar­ri­ers to fur­ther renew­able ener­gy pen­e­tra­tion in the Alice Springs pow­er system. 

Future Grid is a col­lab­o­ra­tive effort involv­ing North­ern Ter­ri­to­ry and inter­state experts, led by the Intyal­heme Cen­tre for Future Energy.


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The Intyal­heme Cen­tre for Future Ener­gy is a flag­ship project of Desert Knowl­edge Aus­tralia (DKA), sup­port­ed by the North­ern Ter­ri­to­ry Gov­ern­ment (NTG). It was launched with $5m seed fund­ing from the NTG, to assist in meet­ing the Territory’s renew­able ener­gy tar­get of 50 per cent by 2030

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Fol­low­ing the Roadmap to Renew­ables report of 2017, it was recog­nised by the NTG that no sin­gle enti­ty could achieve the renew­able ener­gy tar­get. There­fore, Intyal­heme was estab­lished to help coor­di­nate ener­gy indus­try play­ers and deliv­er col­lab­o­ra­tive projects to over­come bar­ri­ers to fur­ther renew­able ener­gy uptake. The result­ing project is Alice Springs Future Grid. The project is led by Intyal­heme, on behalf of Desert Knowl­edge Aus­tralia (DKA).

The Alice Springs Future Grid project received fund­ing from ARE­NA as part of ARE­NA’s Advanc­ing Renew­ables Pro­gram.

This project is also fund­ed by the Aus­tralian Gov­ern­ment Depart­ment of Indus­try, Sci­ence, Ener­gy and Resources through the Region­al and Remote Com­mu­ni­ties Reli­a­bil­i­ty Fund – Micro­grids Pro­gram.

Intyal­heme is the project deliv­ery lead and a major fund­ing con­trib­u­tor. Intyal­heme acknowl­edges cash and in-kind con­tri­bu­tions from the Con­sor­tium Mem­bers and par­tic­i­pat­ing organisations. 

Knowl­edge Bank

Cen­tral Aus­tralia has a strong his­to­ry of renew­able ener­gy inno­va­tion. This web­site has been cre­at­ed not only to sup­port the Alice Springs Future Grid project, but also as a repos­i­to­ry for exist­ing and emerg­ing renew­able ener­gy knowl­edge. Shar­ing knowl­edge is a promi­nent part of Future Grid. Our Knowl­edge Bank hosts reports, dis­cus­sion papers, poli­cies, media releas­es and much more. 

Roadmap to Renewables

Northern Territory Government

2017

The Northern Territory Government is committed to 50% renewable energy by 2030 for electricity supplied to Territory households and businesses, while at the same time ensuring secure and reliable electricity at least cost to consumers and taxpayers. To help achieve this goal, the Government commissioned an expert panel to provide a report on possible policy options that may be suitable for the Territory. The panel’s report, was publicly released on 27 November 2017. It provided 11 recommendations to guide the Government to achieve the target.

Type: Report   Format: URL

Off-Grid Guide

Intyalheme Centre for Future Energy

2019

The Off-Grid Guide provides a best practice guide to the procurement, deployment and maintenance of remote off-grid solar power systems in the Northern Territory and beyond. It was developed by the Intyalheme Centre for Future Energy, in collaboration with Ekistica. Ekistica's parent company, the Centre for Appropriate Technology, was responsible for the rollout of the renowned Bushlight program - which ran from 2002 to 2013. This guide leverages the knowledge generated during Bushlight.

Type: Guide   Format: PDF URL

Alice Solar City Report

Alice Springs Town Council

2013

Alice Springs was one of seven locations to be chosen as a Solar City, funded by the Australian Government. This report provides a snapshot of the outcomes and achievements during the project, which ran from 2008 until 2013, and was led by Alice Springs Town Council.

Type: Report   Format: URL