Alice Springs has a strong history of renewable energy innovation, along with enthusiasm across the community for the adoption of rooftop solar panels. According to recent estimates from the Australian PV Institute, more than one-in-five dwellings in the Alice Springs local government area now has rooftop solar PV installed, with this number expected to continue to rise.
There is now a need to diversify the technology mix to support further renewable energy in the grid, and the Alice Springs Future Grid project team wanted to find out about the community’s appetite in this space.
Community survey conducted
Before rolling out any project activities, 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. 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.
Several methods were used to recruit a diverse cross-section of participants, including circulation of an online survey to all Alice Springs Jacana Energy customers which had registered email addresses. In addition, a field team from McGregor Tan undertook some face-to-face and telephone surveying.
Below you can see a snapshot of some of the results in a fact sheet compiled by Project Partner ALEC, which is leading the community-facing elements of Future Grid.