Clean and green power is good news for remote communities
The Northern Territory Government will invest $2 million over the next two years to advance the delivery of clean and reliable electricity to remote communities across the Territory.
The investment will enable Government to guarantee affordable, green, stable power for locals. It will also provide certainty around land, as well as the demand needed to facilitate private sector-led delivery of remote power system services.
A key part of this investment is developing an open and contestable delivery framework to facilitate around $400 million of private investment in remote power system services to communities supplied by Indigenous Essential Services.
The framework aligns with the recommendations of the Territory Economic Reconstruction to transition remote power systems for 72 remote communities by 2030.
This builds on existing renewable energy investments and programs, including:
- the success of the $59 million Solar Energy Transformation Program (SETuP), co-funded by the Northern Territory Government and the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA), that delivered 10 megawatts of solar generation to remote communities in the Territory between 2017-2019.
- $6.6 million in the Renewable Remote Power Program, beginning with a pilot program to supplement the power supply at Wurrumiyanga with renewables replacing diesel.
- $8.3 million Alice Springs Battery Energy Storage System (BESS) and procurement for the $30 million Darwin to Katherine BESS that is underway.
- $5 million Rooftop Solar in Schools program, tied to solar technology educational programs and the savings in energy costs are reinvested back into schools; and
- the successful Home and Business Battery Scheme.
The Territory Labor Government is proposing to undertake a two-stage competitive process to secure the delivery of renewable energy, following project assessments and community engagement.
The competitive process will focus on maximising opportunities for local industries, creating jobs for Territorians and building local skills and expertise.