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Project overview
  • Lead Organisation

    Power and Water Corporation Indigenous Essential Services Pty Ltd


    Northern Territory

    ARENA Program

    Regional Australia’s Renewables

  • Start Date

    July 2014



  • Project Partners
    Northern Territory Government


The Solar Energy Transformation Program or SETuP aims to transform the delivery of electricity in remote off-grid communities throughout the Northern Territory.

Project innovation

Power and Water Corporation (PWC), through its subsidiary Indigenous Essential Services Pty Ltd, will deploy medium and high penetration renewable energy systems in up to 30 remote communities in the Northern Territory.

The project will integrate 10 MW of solar PV into remote locations with existing diesel power stations without compromising power quality and reliability of those existing assets. The majority of system installations, totalling 9 MW will achieve 15% diesel fuel displacement. A 1 MW high penetration system will be installed at Nauiyu (Daly River), achieving around 50% diesel fuel displacement.

The project will demonstrate integration (enabling) technologies such as energy storage, flexible diesel technology, advanced control systems, cloud forecasting and load control. These advancements can be rolled out to the other sites in this project as each technology becomes viable.

SETuP is designed to create a platform for greater use of renewable energy in communities in the future. The outcomes at Nauiyu will guide deployment of enabling technologies in other remote communities served by PWC as they become cost effective and can deliver fuel and cost savings.


SETuP will work with remote communities to increase understanding of the benefits of solar/diesel hybrid systems, energy efficiency and measures to manage energy consumption. It will also generate and share knowledge that will assist others to deploy off-grid renewable energy solutions.

PWC will redesign work practices and systems that accommodate the use of renewable energy systems as part of business as usual operations. This transformation will include adapting PWC standard operating procedures to reflect the requirements of high penetration renewable systems.

Last updated 21 August 2019


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