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Choice: Remote Aboriginal communities left behind in Australia's rooftop solar boom

Despite the potential benefits, getting rooftop solar projects up and running hasn't been easy.

Luritja man Chris Croker, a committee member for the First Nations Clean Energy Network, says the Northern Territory's government has put a range of regulatory hurdles in place to prevent projects from going ahead. 

"There's basically no pace of progress, it has completely stalled. There's no action, except for when small community groups have challenged and pushed all of the barriers," he says. 

"It's frustrating. I'm born and raised in the Northern Territory and many of my family live in public housing across the Territory from Darwin down and out to the remote communities in Central Australia. Week on week my family's ringing saying they can't afford electricity or the prepayment meter has run out of credit again."