Community survey

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.

210617 FG ALEC SP3 Survey results V1 FINAL photo