Hybrid technologiesProject NT Solar Energy Transformation Program
The Solar Energy Transformation Program (SETuP) is operating in some of the most remote parts of the Northern Territory and during early conception, SETuP’s architects recognised the importance of effective engagement with the Aboriginal people living on that land.
Remote Community Engagement for the Solar Energy Transformation Program (SETuP) developed through a number of different approaches and benefited from the following lessons:
- Community Engagement outcomes were met more effectively when delivered by trained internal staff, however this approach has implications for resourcing
- Outsourcing of community engagement requires selection of experienced partners with commitments to maintain key personnel for longer contracts
- Early community consultation assisted in optimum site selection
- Lease acquisition is a significantly complex process. Seeking early advice from Traditional Owners benefitted the application process
- Highly visual graphic elements used in posters and banners were identified as the best way to communicate ideas
- Face to face opportunities such as Local Authority and other community meetings are a highly effective communication method.