Solar and wind to power Alpurrurulam

Three 15 kW wind turbines have recently been installed at Alpurrurulam (Lake Nash), making the town the only Northern Territory community to use both solar and wind power to generate electricity.

The wind turbines were installed as part of a major collaborative project between the Northern Territory Government and Power and Water to use renewable energy to generate electricity in the remote Northern Territory communities of Alpurrurulam, Ti Tree and Kalkarindji.
“Once commissioned, there will be a solar and wind power station at Alpurrurulam, while Ti Tree and Kalkarindji will have solar power stations,” Barkly local member Gerry McCarthy said.

“Combined, there will be almost one million watts of solar panels installed across the three communities,” he said.

The three renewable energy power stations are on track to begin generating electricity early next year.

“Once commissioned, the solar and wind power stations will supply around 20 to 30 per cent of the total electricity for Ti Tree, Kalkarindji and Alpurrurulam – or up to 80 per cent of the power used during the day in these communities will be supplied by the sun or the wind.

“The three facilities will deliver substantial savings of around 1200 tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions every year.”

Mr McCarthy said the community will benefit from a clean energy system powering their lives.

“The major advantage here is the environmental benefits, which include improved air quality and the reduction of transportation of diesel as a direct result of a cleaner, more constant power source,” Mr McCarthy said.

“This will provide improved power supply security during the wet, as distillate fuel consumption is reduced.

“The grounds maintenance will involve local people and that’s always a good thing.”

The project includes funding of $5 million under the Federal Government Renewable Remote Power Generation Program, $4 million from the Northern Territory Government under the Climate Change Policy and $5 million private equity.