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. 

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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. 

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Alice Springs Future Grid, SwitchDin

Jun 2022

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.

Type: Media release   Format: PDF

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

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