The Manymak Energy Efficiency Project has won the Caring for Country category at the 2016 NAIDOC Annual Awards, held in Darwin.
Power and Water Corporation general manager regions and remote Len Griffiths said the benefits to customers are vital, with more than 500 residents throughout East Arnhem Land engaged through the community learning program, teaching savings benefits and developing a best practice model for energy efficiency engagement in remote communities.
“In addition, more than 80 local community members were employed as part of the project and provided with the education tools and technologies to help Yolŋu households make informed choices about using power and water in their homes,” he said.
The trial program also resulted in a range of energy saving installations, and included a significant focus on data collection and analysis. There were six communities involved in the trial program including Galiwin’ku, Gapuwiyak, Gunyangara, Milingimbi, Ramingining and Yirrkala.
The project was one of 20 across Australia to receive funding through the Australian Government’s Low Income Energy Efficiency Program (LIEEP). The Northern Territory’s Manymak project was the largest in Australia funded through LIEEP.
The project partners were Power and Water Corporation, Centre for Appropriate Technology, Charles Darwin University, NT Department of Housing and East Arnhem Regional Council.
Findings from the project will be used to inform future energy efficiency initiatives in remote communities across the Northern Territory.
The Manymak Energy Efficiency Project has also been nominated for the Clean Energy Council Industry Awards in the Business Community Engagement category to be announced at the Australian Clean Energy Summit.