World-first Solar SETuP project shines in the Top End

Power and Water continues to effectively manage the Solar Energy Transformation Program (SETuP) project to deliver a wide-scale rollout of 10 megawatts of solar systems across 29 remote Aboriginal communities.

SETuP will transform the way energy is supplied with hybrid solar/diesel power generation. The integrated electricity supply will ensure a cleaner, greener future.

The $55 million SETuP project is jointly funded by the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) and the Northern Territory Government, reducing diesel reliance by 15 per cent while saving 94 million litres of diesel over the lifetime of the program.

Solar SETuP is being rolled out in stages called ‘Tranches’. Tranche One’s first Top End community, Maningrida, will save 230,000 litres of diesel fuel per year and powers 132 households. The successful installation of 1,600 panels in Ramingining saves 141,160 litres per year and powers 80 households.

Daly River’s solar-battery installation will provide a stable, efficient and reliable power source resulting in greatly reduced diesel reliance. Diesel engines will not need to operate during the day to save 400,000 litres of diesel per annum.

The key milestone of Tranche One completion will be achieved mid-June, while Tranche Two is in advanced planning with site preparation already underway.

Solar SETuP in Daly River