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. 

UC System Black investigation

Alice Springs Sys­tem Black — Util­i­ties Commission

Utilities Commission


Independent investigation of Alice Springs System Black incident on 13 October 2019 - Utilities Commission

Type: Report   Format: PDF

NT Government - System Black response

Alice Springs Sys­tem Black — NTG response

Northern Territory Government


Northern Territory Government Response to the Independent Investigation of the Alice Springs System Black Incident on 13 October 2019.

Type: Report   Format: PDF

Renew Economy on system black fallout

NT sacks ener­gy chiefs after report into Alice Springs sys­tem black

Renew Economy


Article written by Giles Parkinson and published by Renew Economy on December 9, 2019. The article covers the sacking of the Northern Territory's senior energy utility CEOs following the Alice Springs system black of October 2019.

Type: Energy media   Format: URL

Prepar­ing the North­ern Ter­ri­to­ry for Elec­tric Vehicles

Northern Territory Government


The Northern Territory Government is preparing an EV Strategy and Implementation Plan and this Discussion Paper is the first step in developing the Strategy.

Type: Discussion paper   Format: PDF

Solar/​Diesel Mini Grid Handbook

Power and Water Corporation


The Northern Territory’s Power and Water Corporation has released a suite of detailed documents relating to learnings from its Solar Energy Transformation Program (SETuP), the largest isolated off-grid solar program in remote Australian communities. Among the documents is an updated solar/diesel mini-grid handbook, which is a general guide to power supply in remote isolated grids with existing diesel generation. Media release also attached.

Type: Guide   Format: URL


NT Solar Ener­gy Trans­for­ma­tion Program

Power and Water Corporation


As the largest isolated off-grid solar program in Aboriginal communities, the Solar Energy Transformation Program (SETuP) is a world-first. SETuP has seen the rollout of 10 megawatts (MW) of solar to benefit 25 bush communities. The solar arrays generate enough power for about 1750 remote houses, reducing reliance on diesel fuel.

Type: Website post   Format: URL

NTSR weather stations

North­ern Ter­ri­to­ry Solar Resource project

ABC Alice Springs


Alice Springs hosts one of four Northern Territory weather stations that together make up the NT Solar Resource project. The project was delivered by Alice Springs technical consultancy Ekistica. Ekistica’s Managing Director Lyndon Frearson talked to ABC Country Hour during the launch event at the DKA Solar Centre.

Type: Energy media   Format: Audio

Off-Grid Guide

Intyalheme Centre for Future Energy


The Off-Grid Guide provides a best practice guide to the procurement, deployment and maintenance of remote off-grid solar power systems in the Northern Territory and beyond. It was developed by the Intyalheme Centre for Future Energy, in collaboration with Ekistica. Ekistica's parent company, the Centre for Appropriate Technology, was responsible for the rollout of the renowned Bushlight program - which ran from 2002 to 2013. This guide leverages the knowledge generated during Bushlight.

Type: Guide   Format: PDF URL

Beyond Zero Emis­sions: The 10 Gigawatt Vision

Beyond Zero Emissions


The Northern Territory has an exceptional opportunity to prosper in this new era by converting abundant sunshine into renewable energy. By 2030, the NT Government could help drive investment in 10 gigawatts of renewables. By pursuing the 10 Gigawatt Vision, the Northern Territory can put renewable energy at the centre of a sustainable growth strategy that creates over 8,000 new jobs and over $2 billion in revenue by 2030. The 10 Gigawatt Vision is a sustainable alternative to economic strategies based on fossil fuels. The shale gas industry is financially unstable and totally unsuited to the needs of the coming zero-carbon economy. Achieving the 10 Gigawatt Vision has the potential to create many more jobs than the shale gas industry and prevent over 20 billion tonnes of carbon emissions from entering the atmosphere and accelerating global warming.

Type: Report   Format: PDF URL

Roadmap to Renewables

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.

Type: Report   Format: URL

Roadmap to a Desert Smart Town

Arid Lands Environment Centre


As one of the most remote and arid regional centres in Australia, Alice Springs faces a number of key barriers and limitations to its development. Yet, at the same time, there are many opportunities for increasing the resilience and sustainability of the town. The RoadMap to a desertSMART Town project and the RoadMap to a desertSMART Town 2013-18 report seek to outline these opportunities and the actions required to capitalise on them across the six areas of: energy, water, waste, built environment and planning, food, and transport. In doing so, it is hoped the RoadMap will make a significant contribution towards laying out the direction needed to make Alice Springs a more desert smart town.

Type: Report   Format: PDF

Green Energy Taskforce 2

Green Ener­gy Task­force — report 2

Northern Territory Government


The Government’s 2009 Climate Change Policy established a Green Energy Taskforce to provide expert advice, as well as assisting the Territory in meeting its goal of having 20% of its electricity demand met by renewable and low emission sources by 2020.

Type: Report  

Green Energy Taskforce 1

Green Ener­gy Task­force — report 1

Northern Territory Government


In late 2009, the Chief Minister of the Northern Territory formed the Green Energy Taskforce and charged us with developing a Roadmap for the development of the renewable and low emission energy sector and products in the Territory.

Type: Report  

Alice Solar City television commercial

Alice Solar City tele­vi­sion advert

Alice Solar City


Television commercial celebrating the end of Alice Solar City and the community's achievements.

Type: Advertising   Format: Video

Alice Solar City Report

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

ACRE CfAT report into remote solar SPS

Renew­able Ener­gy in Remote Aus­tralian Com­mu­ni­ties (A Mar­ket Survey)

Australian Cooperative Research Centre for Renewable Energy (ACRE), Centre for Appropriate Technology (CfAT)


In the 1980s and 90s, many stand-alone power systems (SPS) based on solar and batteries were installed to either replace or supplement existing diesel systems in remote communities. Over time, many issues arose issues with the use of these systems, which were particularly acute for remote Indigenous communities. In response, the Australian Cooperative Research Centre for Renewable Energy (ACRE) and the Centre for Appropriate Technology (CfAT) carried out a study into the deployment of renewable energy systems, which was published in 2000.

Type: Report