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Construction completed on Australia’s largest rollout of solar power in remote communities

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The Territory Government’s target of 50% renewables by 2030 will deliver local jobs, and cheaper, cleaner power.

Construction is now complete on the Solar Energy Transformation Program (SETuP), which is Australia’s largest rollout of solar power to remote communities.

SETuP is a $59 million program co-funded by the Territory Government and the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA).

The program was rolled out to 25 sites across the Territory.

SETuP integrates 10MW of solar PV in remote locations with existing power stations, resulting in remote hybrid power generation. This reduces reliance on costly diesel for electricity generation, and delivers reliable and safe power to remote locations.

The primary goal of the program is to reduce diesel use by 15% in targeted communities, which adds up to 94 million litres of diesel savings over the life of the program (25 years).

The SETuP program was delivered by Power and Water Corporation and the existing funding agreement with ARENA will go through to April 2022 for performance reporting.

Source: NT Government

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