Alice Springs Future Grid was a three-year whole of sys­tems project explor­ing how Alice Springs can over­come bar­ri­ers to achiev­ing 50 per cent renew­able ener­gy gen­er­a­tion by 2030

As the uptake of rooftop solar pan­els grows, new pres­sures have been placed on an elec­tric­i­ty sys­tem designed for con­ven­tion­al ener­gy gen­er­a­tion from gas and diesel. The grid needs to adapt and make allowances for more renew­ables to be intro­duced so Alice Springs can meet its clean ener­gy targets. 

The land­mark Roadmap to 2030 report brings togeth­er insights from inno­v­a­tive tri­als, mod­els and inves­ti­ga­tions to set out four plau­si­ble path­ways to upgrade the sys­tem for a decar­bonised future. It also out­lines the next best steps for cross-sec­tor stake­hold­ers, includ­ing three key stages of transition. 

There will be an in-per­son Com­mu­ni­ty Launch of the Roadmap on 15 April 2024 at Desert Knowl­edge Aus­tralia, includ­ing a tour of the Solar Cen­tre. Find out more about the event and sign up here.

In addi­tion to the Roadmap to 2030, Alice Springs Future Grid com­plet­ed a num­ber of tri­als and inves­ti­ga­tions through five inter-depen­dent sub-projects. These sub-projects were deliv­ered by a project part­ner and cen­tral­ly man­aged by the Intyal­heme Cen­tre for Future Ener­gy, and helped inform the Roadmap to 2030. Key out­puts include the first Vir­tu­al Pow­er Plant tri­al in the NT, the first island­able micro­grid, and the first wind ener­gy ener­gy tri­al for Alice Springs. 

Reports are avail­able from each of the sub-projects in the Knowl­edge Bank.

Pow­er sys­tems are expe­ri­enc­ing pro­found struc­tur­al change from a high­ly cen­tralised, lin­ear and one-direc­tion­al sys­tem to one that requires dynam­ic inter­op­er­abil­i­ty between what have tra­di­tion­al­ly been called the sup­ply and demand sides of the system.

Mul­ti­ple organ­i­sa­tions were involved in the $12.5m project from across the North­ern Ter­ri­to­ry and Aus­tralia. It’s hoped this world-lead­ing project will pave the way for oth­er grids in Aus­tralia and around the world as to take action for a more sus­tain­able future. 

The Alice Springs Future Grid project is sup­port­ed by the Aus­tralian Renew­able Ener­gy Agency (ARE­NA), the Aus­tralian Gov­ern­ment through the Region­al and Remote Com­mu­ni­ties Reli­a­bil­i­ty Fund — Micro­grids Pro­gram, and the North­ern Ter­ri­to­ry Gov­ern­ment through the Intyal­heme Cen­tre for Future Energy. 

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Knowl­edge Bank

Cen­tral Aus­tralia has a strong his­to­ry of renew­able ener­gy inno­va­tion. This web­site has been cre­at­ed not only to sup­port the Alice Springs Future Grid project, but also as a repos­i­to­ry for exist­ing and emerg­ing renew­able ener­gy knowl­edge. Shar­ing knowl­edge is a promi­nent part of Future Grid. Our Knowl­edge Bank hosts reports, dis­cus­sion papers, poli­cies, media releas­es and much more. 

Roadmap to 2030 - report launch

Alice Springs Roadmap to 2030

Mar 2024

The Roadmap to 2030 is the product of three years of trials and research carried out by multiple project partners. It pulls together insights from the Alice Springs Future Grid sub-projects and lays out four pathways to achieving 50% renewable generation by 2030.

Type: Report Future Grid publication   Format: PDF

Techno-Economic Modelling Report

Tech­no-Eco­nom­ic Mod­el­ling Report

Mar 2024

This report details the results of Ekistica’s techno-economic modelling work. This work guided some of the thinking behind the Roadmap to 2030. It includes analysis of the existing power system infrastructure and looks at likely challenges that could emerge during a transition, among other considerations.

Type: Report Future Grid publication   Format: PDF Excel

Virtual Power Plant Trial

Lessons learnt from the Solar Con­nect Vir­tu­al Pow­er Plant Trial


A Virtual Power Plant is a col­lec­tion of solar and bat­tery stor­age sys­tems that work togeth­er to allow coordinated control of energy to benefit all. The Solar Connect VPP trial, part of Sub-project 4 and managed by Jacana Energy, was the first of its kind in the NT and connected 48 participants.

Type: Report Future Grid publication   Format: PDF

Public Housing Solar and Battery Trial

Lessons learnt from the Pub­lic Hous­ing Solar and Bat­tery Trial


The Public Housing Solar and Battery Trial saw the installation of rooftop solar panels and battery energy storage systems (BESS) at 15 public housing homes in Alice Springs. Working with a range of partners, it looked at the barriers and solutions to integrating renewables into public housing, aiming to inform future solar projects of this kind across the NT and Australia.

Type: Report Future Grid publication   Format: PDF

Regulatory Framework for Microgrids

Reg­u­la­to­ry Frame­work for Com­mer­cial Micro­grids on Reg­u­lat­ed NT Networks

Apr 2024

This report is based on observations from the first ever installation of a commercial, ‘islandable’ microgrid in Alice Springs at the Desert Knowledge Precinct. The installation has provided key data on the potential benefits and constraints of integrating a microgrid based on solar PV and a battery energy storage system (BESS) on to a constrained, regulated, power network. It highlights how the current system, regulation framework and associated connection process may need to change to more easily integrate private microgrids.

Type: Report Future Grid publication   Format: PDF