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 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.
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 [email protected]