Since launching in December 2017, the Intyalheme Centre for Future Energy has embedded itself in the NT energy sector.
Over the course of seven months and through extensive consultation with industry and community, the flagship DKA project has developed a widespread stakeholder network and an exciting suite of collaborative projects, knowledge sharing activities and community engagement events.
Intyalheme supports the Northern Territory Government’s 50 per cent by 2030 renewable energy target though knowledge sharing, community education and engagement, industry partnerships, delivering collaborative projects and facilitating connections as its core functions. Intyalheme builds on the existing renewable energy infrastructure, knowledge and expertise within the Alice Springs community.
Intyalheme is working to provide a clean energy future for everyone
During its first year Intyalheme has established its governance through the forming of an Executive Committee and Technical Advisory Group. These groups are comprised of representatives from Intyalheme consortium member organisations – DKA, the Northern Territory Government, Power and Water Corporation, Charles Darwin University and Ekistica – and provide strategic oversight and technical expertise. The Alice Springs Reference Group has also been formed and is providing essential community perspective and input on Intyalheme’s proposed activities and projects.
As part of its formation Intyalheme has established a range of key project elements such as the stakeholder communications and engagement plan and risk management framework. Crucially, these are underpinned by the strategic plan and Intyalheme’s project vision – to provide a clean energy future for everyone.
Intyalheme is already enabling connections, bringing together RePower Alice Springs with Power and Water Corporation to discuss a community owned 10MW solar farm.
Intyalheme has made important progress across all of its core focus areas and is working closely with key industry stakeholders in the NT such as Power and Water Corporation’s Power Networks and System Control, and across Australia through important relationships, including with the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA), which are informing collaborative projects. Intyalheme is also fulfilling its role to support and connect community groups including RePower Alice Springs, Food Ladder and the Arid Lands Environment Centre.
DKA and the Intyalheme team look forward to implementing its activities and projects, and continuing to expand its stakeholder network.