Solar for remote communities
As part of the $3.6 million Decarbonising Remote Communities program, four Indigenous communities in Queensland’s far north – Doomadgee, Mapoon, Pormpuraaw and the Northern Peninsula Area – will have new renewable energy systems installed to reduce the use of diesel power. Participating Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Councils are key project partners in planning and delivering these projects.
Using renewables such as solar directly benefits remote communities that run on diesel by creating jobs and power savings, as well as bringing the environmental benefits of reduced emissions.
Expansion of the existing ground mounted solar farm and solar panel installation on top of several council-owned buildings. The solar farm will have a 304kW extension on land adjacent to the existing solar farm. Rooftop solar will also be installed at on four buildings and save on electricity costs for Doomadgee Shire Council.
The Mapoon Aboriginal Shire Council is installing rooftop solar this year, and DNRME is supporting council by covering the cost of network and communication technologies. This includes upgrades the power station to allow council’s rooftop solar to work together with the diesel generators that power the local grid. To complement this, the Indigenous Consumer Assistance Network (ICAN) have been engaged to deliver energy efficiency education to residents. ICAN will be in Mapoon this year helping families save money on power by using energy more efficiently at home.
Last updated 23 August 2019