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4 Jun 2024

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NT Independent

Australia: Indigenous community partners with solar company to develop microgrid

"‘An inspiring blueprint’: First Indigenous-owned solar power microgrid launched in Marlinja" 6 June 2024

A small outback community in the Barkly region now has Australia’s first fully First Nations-owned 100 kW grid-connected solar microgrid, provided by technology partner 5B... which proponents say could be a model for other remote communities across the Territory...

The Marlinja community, Original Power – a developer of Indigenous community-focused renewable energy projects – have worked in partnership for five years to build the solar microgrid...

A key feature of the Marlinja project is an innovative benefit-sharing trial developed by Original Power with retailer Jacana Energy to share solar cost savings directly to the meters of Marlinja households...

“Low-cost, clean energy should be available to all, yet First Nations communities are being left behind in Australia’s energy transition,” [Original Power Clean Energy Communities project coordinator Lauren Mellor] said...

5B chief strategy officer Nicole Kuepper-Russel said ...“To see a remote community achieve greater self-determination through access to clean, affordable, reliable energy... is very special,” she said.