What was the Alice Springs Future Grid project?

Alice Springs Future Grid was a $12.5m collaborative project involving multiple organisations from across the Northern Territory and Australia. Its purpose was to identify and overcome barriers to further renewable energy penetration in the Alice Springs electricity system. Future Grid was delivered through a series of innovative trials, models and investigations. These activities provide information on 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 has developed a “Roadmap to 2030” that details options 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 delivery of Future Grid was led by the Intyalheme Centre for Future Energy, on behalf of Desert Knowledge Australia (DKA).