Knowledge Bank

The pur­pose of this site is to offer a ded­i­cat­ed space to hold infor­ma­tion rel­e­vant to Cen­tral Aus­trali­a’s strong renew­able ener­gy his­to­ry, and its tran­si­tion towards a renew­able ener­gy future. The mate­ri­als are host­ed by the Intyal­heme Cen­tre for Future Ener­gy in the spir­it of knowl­edge shar­ing and transparency.

The Alice Springs Future Grid Knowl­edge Bank aims to pro­vide access to doc­u­ments and infor­ma­tion, both his­tor­i­cal and con­tem­po­rary. By build­ing on lessons from the past, we can work towards a renew­able ener­gy future for the North­ern Ter­ri­to­ry. Pre­serv­ing knowl­edge can also help to mit­i­gate the effects of cor­po­rate mem­o­ry loss caused by pop­u­la­tion tran­sience — a wide­ly acknowl­edged chal­lenge for the NT

Project out­puts from Alice Springs Future Grid can be viewed by choos­ing Future Grid pub­li­ca­tion” in the doc­u­ment type drop­down menu. 

Intyal­heme wel­comes feed­back, but accepts no respon­si­bil­i­ty for the con­tent sup­port­ed by the Knowl­edge Bank. Intyal­heme is care­ful to work with­in copy­right laws. Please don’t hes­i­tate to bring to our atten­tion any unintentional/​possible breaches. 

Intyal­heme invites ideas for fur­ther doc­u­ments that are rel­e­vant to renew­able ener­gy in Cen­tral Aus­tralia. Please get in touch with your suggestions. 

Ter­ri­to­ry Q: Alice Dri­ves Future Grid

Territory Q

Apr 2022

A feature in Northern territory business and industry publication, Territory Q, outlining how the Alice Springs community’s embrace of renewable energy has driven the urgent need to prepare for a clean energy future. Published in Q2, 2022. Picture courtesy of Chloe Erlich/Territory Q.

Type: Media coverage   Format: PDF URL

Low socio-economic study undertaken

Advitech appoint­ed to con­duct low socio-eco­nom­ic study

Advitech

Apr 2022

Engineering and environmental consulting firm Advitech has been appointed by the Alice Springs Future Grid project to investigate how lower socio-economic demographics can participate in and benefit from the transition to clean energy.

Type: Media release   Format: URL

Fact Sheet: Time to install a battery?

Fact Sheet: Time to install a battery?

Arid Lands Environment Centre, Alice Springs Future Grid

2022

If you are considering adding a battery to an existing solar system, or as part of a new solar installation. You may be wondering if the cost is worth it? This fact sheet, produced by Future Grid's Community Engagement Partner, the Arid Lands Environment Centre, provides a short guide to some of the factors you may want to consider when investing in a battery.

Type: Fact Sheets   Format: PDF

Fact Sheet: Upgrading a solar system

Fact Sheet: Upgrad­ing an age­ing solar system

Arid Lands Environment Centre, Alice Springs Future Grid

2022

There are many reasons to consider upgrading an ageing solar system - particularly if your system was installed more than 10 years ago. This fact sheet, produced by Future Grid's Community Engagement Partner, the Arid Lands Environment Centre, covers some factors to consider including system size and age, metering arrangements, feed-in tariffs and other rebates.

Type: Fact Sheets   Format: PDF

Media Release: Refer a Friend

Media release: Tell your friends about the Solar Con­nect VPP

Arid Lands Environment Centre, Alice Springs Future Grid

Feb 2022

Residents of Alice Springs are being urged to get talking to their friends and neighbours about the forthcoming Solar Connect VPP trial, earning them the chance to pocket $150. (NB time-limited offer now closed).

Type: Media release   Format: PDF

Media release: Solar Connect VPP trial

Ground-break­ing renew­able ener­gy tri­al encour­ag­ing participation

Alice Springs Future Grid

Nov 2021

The Alice Springs Future Grid project is creating the Northern Territory’s first residential Virtual Power Plant (VPP). The VPP trial, named Solar Connect, is the most prominent public-facing activity of the Future Grid project, intended to run for up to a year.

Type: Media release Future Grid publication   Format: PDF

Media release: Wind Monitoring Study

Wind Mon­i­tor­ing Study Under­way in Alice Springs

Northern Territory Government

Oct 2021

A media release by Northern Territory Minster for Renewables and Energy, Eva Lawler, regarding the Alice Springs Future Grid Wind Monitoring Study.

Type: Media release Future Grid publication   Format: URL

Lessons Learnt: Building collaboration

Lessons Learnt #2: Build­ing a mul­ti-stake­hold­er partnership

CSIRO, Alice Springs Future Grid

Oct 2021

Future Grid’s Partners are a multi-level stakeholder collective, directed by a consortium. This Lessons Learnt Report provides an overview of the development of a large collaborative project with multiple stakeholder organisations. The organisations involved in Future Grid are primarily energy industry stakeholders. Community organisations also play a vital role in engaging residents to get involved in the project, including through trials involving household batteries and other technologies.

Type: Future Grid publication   Format: URL

Future Grid presentation to the KIS

DKRI Knowl­edge Inter­sec­tions Sym­po­sium — Future Grid knowl­edge sharing

Intyalheme Centre for Future Energy, Alice Springs Future Grid

Sep 2021

Intyalheme Project Manager Hannah Farrow delivered an update on one of the critical components of the Alice Springs Future Grid project at the Knowledge Intersections Symposium. She focused on Future Grid’s knowledge sharing efforts, which are mostly conducted as part of its commitment to funding body ARENA (the Australian Renewable Energy Agency).

Type: Future Grid publication   Format: PDF

Alice Springs power demand forecast

Alice Springs pow­er sys­tem demand forecast

Northern Territory Government, Power and Water Corporation

Aug 2021

A new power demand forecast is available for Alice Springs, via the Northern Territory Electricity System Market Operator website: ntesmo.com.au. It provides Power and Water’s System Control with an additional tool to help manage the system with regard to incorporating renewable energy. Prediction of solar generation and the outputs of behind-the-meter installations assists in maintaining system security and stability. Within this post you can find both the website, and the Northern Territory Government media release. This demand forecast achieves a recommendation of the Utilities Commission Independent Investigation of Alice Springs System Black Incident on 13 October 2019.

Type: Website post   Format: URL

NT Electrcity Outlook Report

Util­i­ties Com­mis­sion NT Elec­tric­i­ty Outlook

Utilities Commission

2021

The Utilities Commission's 2020 Northern Territory Electricity Outlook Report focuses on the system demand and supply reliability outlook for the Darwin-Katherine, Alice Springs and Tennant Creek power systems. This is relevant to the Alice Springs Future Grid project in a number of ways. Indeed, the report starts by stating the electricity industry is experiencing a rapid transformation, driven by strong uptake of rooftop solar PV. More information regarding the report can be found on the UC's Electricity Outlook Report page. Prior to 2017-18, this information was contained within the UC's Power System Review.

Type: Report   Format: URL

Lessons Learnt: Project Execution

Lessons Learnt #1: Project Execution

CSIRO, Intyalheme Centre for Future Energy, Alice Springs Future Grid

Jun 2021

This Lessons Learnt report provides an outline of the Alice Springs Future Grid project; with an emphasis on the early phase of project execution. With Partners from all over the Northern Territory and Australia, Future Grid relies on strong relationships and deep discussions that are typically best held in person. The COVID-19 pandemic brought entirely unforeseen challenges into the project, most notably that such face-to-face interactions would now be limited. This document seeks to share the experience of launching a project of this magnitude at such a time in history, in the hope that other similar projects will benefit from the path forged by the Future Grid team. Future Grid public documents are accessible both on this knowledge bank and via the dedicated Alice Springs Future Grid ARENA project page.

Type: Future Grid publication   Format: PDF URL

Future Grid overview

Alice Springs Future Grid — project overview pamphlet

CSIRO, Intyalheme Centre for Future Energy, Alice Springs Future Grid

Mar 2021

As part of its ARENA funding, the Alice Springs Future Grid project fulfils "knowledge sharing" obligations. This helps the project, and ARENA, to make sure knowledge is able to be used as widely as possible. This publication is a six-page pamphlet, designed to provide a high-level overview of the Future Grid project, for use by both the public and industry. It was produced by the Intyalheme Centre for Future Energy with support from CSIRO, the Knowledge Sharing Partner for Alice Springs Future Grid. Future Grid public documents are accessible both on this knowledge bank and via the dedicated Alice Springs Future Grid ARENA project page.

Type: Future Grid publication   Format: PDF URL

Future Grid community survey results

Alice Springs Future Grid com­mu­ni­ty sur­vey: McGre­gor Tan results report

McGregor Tan

Feb 2021

To inform the direction of some activities of the Alice Springs Future Grid project, a sam­ple of Alice Springs res­i­dents were sur­veyed to explore cur­rent lev­els of knowl­edge and aware­ness of renew­able ener­gy, as well as exist­ing lev­els of engage­ment with tech­nolo­gies such as solar pow­er and bat­tery stor­age sys­tems. The attached document, produced by McGregor Tan, covers some of the main findings of the survey. A sec­ond whole-of-com­mu­ni­ty sur­vey will be con­duct­ed towards the end of the project (mid-late 2022) to help iden­ti­fy areas where Future Grid has had an impact. The sur­vey was facil­i­tat­ed by mar­ket research agency McGre­gor Tan and designed in col­lab­o­ra­tion with Intyal­heme and CSIRO, with input from Project Part­ners the Arid Lands Envi­ron­ment Cen­tre (ALEC) and Jacana Energy. More details can be found on the dedicated survey page on the Future Grid website.

Type: Report   Format: PDF

Nation­al launch of Alice Springs Future Grid

Intyalheme Centre for Future Energy

Aug 2020

Alice Springs Future Grid was launched on Friday August 14, with press releases from Federal Energy Minister Angus Taylor and the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA).

Type: Media release   Format: URL

Solar Waste Study by CDU and partners

Charles Darwin University

Jul 2020

“End-of-Life Management of Solar PV Panels” project by Charles Darwin University Northern Institute Research Fellow Dr Deepika Mathur and project partners.

Type: Report   Format: PDF URL

NT Renew­able Hydro­gen Strategy

Northern Territory Government

Jul 2020

This is the Northern Territory's first ever Renewable Hydrogen Strategy. As the international community seeks innovative ways to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, there is a growing demand for clean, reliable and flexible energy solutions like hydrogen. The Territory is well placed to position itself at the forefront of the developing renewable hydrogen industry with large areas of land with high solar irradiance, close proximity to export markets, an established world-scale energy production and export industry and a commitment to net-zero emissions by 2050.

Type: Report   Format: PDF URL

NTG Offsets Framework

NTG Off­sets Policy

Northern Territory Government

Jul 2020

The Northern Territory’s environmental regulatory framework is designed to promote the avoidance, mitigation and management of impacts on the environment associated with developments and other activities. The Offsets Framework contains a set of guiding principles supported by a biodiversity offset policy, a greenhouse gas emissions policy and technical guidelines for each policy.

Type: Report   Format: URL

NT Cli­mate Change Response

Northern Territory Government

Jul 2020

This is the Northern Territory Government's Climate Change Response: Towards 2050 and three-year action plan, delivering on a key election commitment and providing a comprehensive, evidence-based response that captures the opportunities for Territorians and provides practical ways to minimise climate-risk. This evidence-based Climate Change Response provides the long-term vision required to protect the Territory and capitalise on the economic opportunities created by climate-smart action.

Type: Report   Format: PDF URL

Ecogeneration article on Alice microgrid

Eco­gen­er­a­tion arti­cle on DKA micro­grid grant

Ecogeneration

Jun 2020

Ecogeneration takes a detailed look at the Intyalheme Centre for Future Energy will use its RRCRFT Microgrid grant to increase the amount of renewable energy in the Alice Springs power system. This grant forms part of the larger Alice Springs Future Grid project, which had not been publicly announced at the time.

Type: Energy media   Format: URL

Renew Economy on NT elec market reform

Renew Econ­o­my on NT elec­tric­i­ty mar­ket reform

Renew Economy

Jun 2020

Sophie Vorrath takes a look at reforms listed in consultation papers released by the NT Government, focused on grid stability, boosting private investment, and moving closer to the 50% by 2030 renewable energy target.

Type: Energy media   Format: URL

NT electricity market reforms

NT elec­tric­i­ty mar­ket reforms

Northern Territory Government

Jun 2020

Consultation papers released on the subject of electricty market reform in the NT, focused on improving coordination of solar and gas-fired generators (dispatch), ensuring there is sufficient generation capacity available to meet consumers’ needs (reliability), the facilitation of payments between retailers and generators (settlement) and improvements to the efficiency of the provision of essential power system security services (system services).

Type: Discussion paper   Format: URL

Microgrid grants announced

Micro­grid grants announced

Australian Government

Jun 2020

Desert Knowledge Australia was one of four Northern Territory recipients of grant funding from the Regional and Remote Communities Reliability Fund - Microgrids Program. The other recipients were Atyenhenge-Atherre Aboriginal Corporation for a microgrid in Santa Teresa, Impact Investment Partners for the Mutitjulu and Martu Community Microgrid Project, and the Power and Water Corporation to build on the lessons learnt during its NT SETuP program.

Type: Media release   Format: URL

Indigenous involvement in renewables

Renew: Pow­er­ing Indige­nous Com­mu­ni­ties with Renewables

Renew

2020

A piece by Jodie Lea Martire which explores the extent to which Indigenous Australians are getting a share of the renewables boom.

Type: Energy media  

Battery scheme, BESS for Darwin, new FiT

NTG announce­ment on new renew­ables measures

Northern Territory Government

Apr 2020

The Northern Territory Government has announced two significant steps in its plan for 50% renewables by 2030. The Government has approved the procurement of a large scale battery for the Darwin-Katherine grid, as well as announcing a Household and Business Battery Scheme (HBBS).

Type: Media release   Format: PDF URL