"Over 3.4 million Australian houses now have rooftop solar, often subsidised by
But in remote First Nations communities in the Northern Territory, you don’t
see solar on any rooftops. That’s a real problem. This part of Australia is
dangerously hot in summer. And many people don’t have enough power to run vital
appliances like the fridge and air conditioner.
Solar would be an ideal solution. Tennant Creek has over 300 days per year of
sunshine with some of the clearest skies in the world, for instance.
Only recently, co-author and Warumungu elder Frank Jupurrurla took part in the
first NT rooftop solar trial, supported by Original Power and installed rooftop
solar on his house.
As our new research found, this pilot worked well, supplying a third of the
house’s power and ending the problem of power disconnecting. Previously, the
power would go out once a month on average. After solar, it never went off.
So why isn’t this widely available? The main problems are red tape, such as
getting approval for work on public housing, securing feed in tariffs and
metering requirements. As Mr Jupurrurla’s experience demonstrates, they can all
be overcome – but not easily."
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Chief Scientist, Xanadu
Partner, Glass Wings
Manager, Serious Cybernetics