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The NT Government seeks to become a leader in remote micro-grid technology. Image – Canva.
  • NT Government has committed $2M for clean electricity delivery to remote communities
  • $400M of private investment into remote power system services is expected
  • 72 remote communities power systems are expected to be renewable-based by 2030

The Territory Government has announced a $2 million investment over the next two years which it says will facilitate the delivery of reliable and clean electricity to remote communities.

The investment is part of a framework designed to guarantee affordable, green and stable power for locals. The Territory Government added this will provide certainty for around $400 million worth of private investment into remote power system services.

The framework is aligned with recommendations by the Territory Economic Reconstruction to transition 72 remote communities power systems, services to renewable-based systems by the end of the decade. Due to distances from many other power transmission sites, many communities currently rely on diesel power.

According to the Australian Renewable Energy Agency, the Kaltukatjara (Docker River) community receives 60,000 litres of diesel fuel every two months for the sole purpose of generating electricity.

Eva Lawler, the Minister for Renewables and Energy, said the upgrades will facilitate the Territory Government’s current renewable energy target.

“No matter whether you live in the city, or in the bush, Territorians deserve access to reliable and affordable power. This transition will improve energy systems in the bush, contribute to our renewables target and provide plenty of jobs for Territorians along the way. This Government is working towards reaching our target of 50% renewables by 2030.”

Eva Lawler, Minister for Renewables and Energy

An array of innovative renewable energy technologies falls under the framework such as renewable hydrogen and building on existing investments in solar and battery storage in homes and schools.

Chief Minister Michael Gunner believes the investment will be a boon for the local economy.

“Energy and renewables will unlock private investment and create local jobs – and we are hunting every opportunity. Renewables are a big part of how we lock in the comeback from the coronavirus crisis and this opportunity will open the door to millions more dollars to flow into the Territory. 

“Attracting private sector investment at this scale will establish the Territory as a leader in remote micro-grids technologies. We will keep doing the hard work to provide jobs for Territorians, right across the Territory – everyone has to be part of the comeback.” 

Michael Gunner, Chief Minister NT

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