Alice Springs is well on its way to becoming Australia’s hub for best-practice renewables research, development and implementation with the announcement of the Territory Government’s $5 million investment over three years to fund a new energy centre.
The Intyalheme Centre for Future Energy (ICFE) housed at the Desert Knowledge Precinct in Alice Springs will become the knowledge infrastructure to roll out the Government’s Roadmap to Renewables report.
The Member for Braitling Dale Wakefield said that this investment is a commitment from the Government to achieving the target of 50% renewable energy by 2030.
“We are investing in science and we are investing in Alice Springs to help us achieve our renewable energy target. Investment in solar energy and other renewables creates jobs, is a boost for economic development, and puts less pressure on our natural environment,” Ms Wakefield said.
“Capitalising on our renewable resources will also deliver secure, reliable and affordable power for families and businesses.
“Solar power is a major renewable energy that we are in a unique position to take advantage of in Alice Springs. With the new energy centre, we will be positioning ourselves as the Solar Capital of Australia and lead the way in research, development and implementation.”
The ICFE will be run by Desert Knowledge Australia (DKA), the Northern Territory leader and innovator in renewable energy technologies and practical integration.
With the funding provided by the Territory Government, DKA will have the ability to further attract partnerships and investments. Chief Executive Officer Lauren Ganley said that the new centre can be summarised in three words: collaboration, knowledge, and infrastructure.
“We will be reaching out to create partnerships with stakeholders in the energy sector across Australia such as the Commonwealth’s Australian Renewable Energy Agency, the Clean Energy Finance Corporation, and other enterprises who share DKA and the Government’s vision for robust energy solutions,” Ms Ganley said.
“We will also build on the excellent infrastructure that already exists at the Desert Knowledge Precinct and be in a position to assist the energy sector identify the knowledge they need, then develop and share it.”
The ICFE will welcome new General Manager Ms Sara Johnson in January 2018 to begin the centre’s rollout.
Source: NT Government