Renewable energy is energy that is not depleted when it is consumed. It includes solar, wind, wave, biomass, hydro, geothermal and tidal energy sources.
Solar is the most widely used renewable energy source in the Northern Territory (NT) because it’s well suited to our climate and geography. Solar energy is environmentally sustainable and is becoming more cost competitive.
In 2017, an estimated 4% of the NT’s electricity was derived from renewable sources.
This is expected to grow significantly over the coming years, with the NT Government committing to a target of 50% of NT electricity consumption from renewables by 2030.
The government commissioned an expert panel to prepare a ‘Roadmap to Renewables’ report, which was released in September 2017.
The report analysed the current situation and recommended ways to achieve the target. The government is now developing an implementation plan to be rolled out with new electricity sector reforms in the NT.
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Current renewable energy initiatives the NT Government supports include:
- Intyalheme Centre for Future Energy: hosted by Desert Knowledge Australia, this centre of excellence in renewable energy is based in Alice Springs. Its priorities are knowledge sharing, community education and engagement, industry partnerships and commercialisation.
- Renewable research and development projects:
- develop an interactive web-based renewable energy resource database for the NT (Centre for Appropriate Technology)
- bioenergy for photovoltaic (PV) hybrid electricity generation (Charles Darwin University)
- cost-effective maintenance of remote hybrid mini-grid systems (Charles Darwin University)
- modelling future solar energy production from households and businesses in greater Darwin (Charles Darwin University).
- Solar Energy Transformation Program (SETup): a project supported by the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) to install solar systems in 29 remote Aboriginal communities (Power and Water Corporation).