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.
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.
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.
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.
Northern Territory Government
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.
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Intyalheme Centre for Future Energy
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.
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Alice Springs Town Council
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.
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