Alice Springs Future Grid is a whole of systems project considering how Alice Springs can achieve 50 per cent renewable energy by 2030.
The $12.5m collaborative project involves multiple organisations from across the Northern Territory and Australia. Its purpose is to identify and overcome barriers to further renewable energy penetration in the Alice Springs electricity system.
The project recognises that in the future the roles and responsibilities of stakeholders in the electricity system will be different from those in place today. Future Grid is seeking to map out what these potential roles, responsibilities and technical capabilities will be.
Future Grid is delivered through a series of innovative trials, models and investigations. These activities are informing what may need to change in the Alice Springs electricity system to accommodate increasing amounts of renewable energy, while also improving use of the current system.
Future Grid will design a pathway to achieving the Northern Territory’s 50 per cent by 2030 renewable energy target in Alice Springs, with lessons learnt transferable to other grids.
The Alice Springs Future Grid project is supported by the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA), the Australian Government through the Regional and Remote Communities Reliability Fund — Microgrids Program, and the Northern Territory Government through the Intyalheme Centre for Future Energy.
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.
Alice Springs Future Grid, SwitchDin
Alice Springs Future Grid has appointed SwitchDin to deliver the technology that links solar and battery systems across Alice Springs, creating the Solar Connect Virtual Power Plant (VPP). The Solar Connect VPP provides an opportunity for the community to be involved in one of Future grid’s innovative trials.
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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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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.
Type: Report Format: URL