Solar PV R&DProject Alice Springs Future Grid Project
This Lessons Learnt report is the first public document to outline the Alice Springs Future Grid project as a whole; with an emphasis on the early phase of project execution.
The Alice Springs Future Grid project is led by the Intyalheme Centre for Future Energy and involves multiple organisations from across the Northern Territory and Australia. Energy experts are working together to identify and remove barriers to further renewable energy penetration, through a number of interdependent sub-projects.
System modelling, household battery pilot studies, the development of new tariff options, an investigation into the viability of wind as a complementary renewable resource to solar, and microgrid trials are all part of Alice Springs Future Grid. The project will culminate in the production of a Roadmap to 2030 report, explaining how the Alice Springs power system can be configured to support an increasing proportion of renewable energy.
The community is playing a growing role in the energy system, and Future Grid will investigate how distributed energy resources – such as household batteries and rooftop solar and existing infrastructure – can work together to create a clean, reliable and affordable energy supply.
Lessons Learnt reports are designed to share learnings from either one or more sub-projects, or the whole project, in the period up to publication date. This report is the first for Future Grid and focuses on the project execution learnings observed.