As the peak environmental advocacy organisation for Central Australia, the Arid Lands Environment Centre (ALEC) leads community engagement activities for the Future Grid project, as part of the “Community Solutions” sub-project.
Our energy system is in transition and community involvement is essential as Alice Springs moves towards a grid of the future.
In 2008, there were only two rooftop solar power systems in Alice Springs. Now in 2021, we are living up to our Solar City status with close to 3,000 rooftop systems.
A range of community-focused activities are part of the Alice Springs Future Grid project:
- A trial of what is expected to be the Northern Territory’s first residential Virtual Power Plant (VPP).
- Community education initiatives; helping to ensure that residents are across the unique circumstances of the Alice Springs energy system — and what is required to reach 50% renewable energy by 2030.
- Community reference group; facilitating community input and feedback on Future Grid activities.
- Community engagement activities; including events, workshops, information stalls, surveys, whole-of-project communications and an interactive presence on the Facebook page.
- Answering your questions via the Future Grid FAQs page. If you are curious about some aspect of the Alice Springs electricity system or the Future Grid project, submit your question here.
- Discrete activities such as a low-socioeconomic study which is aiming to help us understand how the renewable energy transition in Alice Springs will impact those less well-off.