Alice Springs Future Grid

The Alice Springs community has a strong role to play in the future electricity system, through rooftop solar and household batteries. Through Alice Springs Future Grid, ALEC is deploying house­hold bat­ter­ies and working directly with the community toward a renewable energy future for our town.

The Alice Springs Future Grid project is a two-year $12.5m project focused on remov­ing bar­ri­ers to fur­ther renew­able ener­gy pen­e­tra­tion in the Alice Springs pow­er system. It is a col­lab­o­ra­tive effort involv­ing North­ern Ter­ri­to­ry and inter­state experts, led by the Intyal­heme Cen­tre for Future Energy. ALEC will be working with the Alice Springs community as part of this groundbreaking project. 

The sto­ry 

The Alice Springs pow­er sys­tem cur­rent­ly aver­ages about 10 per cent solar input. The tar­get set by the North­ern Ter­ri­to­ry Gov­ern­ment is 50 per cent by 2030. Fol­low­ing the Roadmap to Renew­ables report, the North­ern Ter­ri­to­ry Gov­ern­ment (NTG) recog­nised that no sin­gle enti­ty could get the NT to its renew­able ener­gy tar­get (RET). 

In order to bridge the gaps between peo­ple and knowl­edge, the NTG set up Intyal­heme with $5 mil­lion seed fund­ing, and a man­date to reignite a col­lab­o­ra­tive net­work to enhance renew­able ener­gy capability.

The com­plex­i­ty

Every elec­tric­i­ty grid faces chal­lenges asso­ci­at­ed with the tran­si­tion to renew­able ener­gy. On some occa­sions when con­di­tions are just right, Alice Springs can reach 50 per cent solar input. How­ev­er this is occa­sion­al­ly. 

Future Grid brings energy experts, utilities and community organisations together to overcome the barriers to integrate more renewable energy into the Alice Springs electricity system to reach 50% renewable energy by 2030.

The lessons learnt through Future Grid are applicable to other electricity systems and will directly inform Australia’s clean energy transition.

ALEC’s solar history 

ALEC has a strong history of supporting solar energy in Alice Springs. In 2001, ALEC first posited Alice Springs as a solar city, and was an integral stakeholder in the bid to make Alice Springs a solar city as part of a Federal Government initiative. 

Today, ALEC is part of the collaborative Future Grid effort, deploying house­hold bat­ter­ies to spe­cif­ic areas of town, and working directly with the community toward a renewable energy future. 

For Future Grid enquiries, contact Hayley Michener halyley.michener@alec.org.au

 

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