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First Nations community solving long standing energy security problems with clean energy projects

The community of Marlinja in the Northern Territory is developing a microgrid. The 100kw solar array and 136kWh battery will be connected at the end of April.
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Access to energy is a right - but not if you're living in remote areas

Access to energy is a fundamental right. Yet land critical to Australia’s aspirations for becoming a green energy superpower are among the worst served by today’s electricity retail regulations.

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Wilya Janta Standing Strong fundraising for energy secure homes in the Barkly

Waramungu elders from the Wilya Janta (Standing Strong) housing collaboration are raising funds for two demonstration homes to be built in Tennant Creek. The houses will be solar-powered, well-insulated and water efficient.

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East Kimberley Clean Energy Project

The $3 billion solar and green hydrogen project proposed for the East Kimberley region of Western Australia is based on a new partnership between three traditional owner groups, the Balanggarra people through the Balanggarra Ventures Corporation (a subsidiary of Balanggarra Aboriginal Corporation RNTBC), the Yawoorroong Miriuwung Gajerrong Yirrgeb Noong Dawang Aboriginal Corporation (MG Corporation), and Kimberley Land Council, with clean energy investor Pollination.

The three First Nations groups will each have an initial 25% share in the new company they've formed - Aboriginal Clean Energy, with Pollination also having a 25% share.

The East Kimberley Clean Energy project will see a ~ 2,000-hectare solar farm developed on MG Corporation freehold land near Kununurra. The resulting solar energy (approximately 1,000 megawatts) will be combined with water and hydro energy from the existing Ord Hydro Power Plant at Lake Argyle to produce green hydrogen. The green hydrogen will be transported by pipeline to Balanggarra Country in Wyndham where it will be converted to green ammonia. The green ammonia will be sold locally as a fertiliser for irrigated agriculture, and will also be exported.

The East Kimberley Clean Energy project was announced in July 2023. 

In March 2024 the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) committed $1.6 million towards a feasibility study for the project. 

The partnership is hoping to start construction in late 2025, with the first hydrogen produced by late 2028.

Lawford Benning from MG Corporation says: "A focus on First Nations economic empowerment has led groups like ours to reject the historic passive engagement model of receiving royalties for agreeing to give up control of our lands."

Balangarra’s Cissy Gore-Birch says: "This is an opportunity where we can actually showcase that we are able to work together on a shared project and an agreement to be able to look at the bigger outcomes. This is not only just for Traditional Owners, but I guess for the rest of the nation and rest rest of the world, but the things that we’re thinking about is really bettering the lives of our people who really haven’t benefited in the past through these big projects around Australia.”

 


Eight simple steps to attract investment and build First Nations engagement in Australia’s clean energy transformation

Governments in the United States and Canada have already realised that establishing the right partnerships with First Nations in the clean energy transition is an investment decision.

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Northern Territory Policy Overview: First Nations and Clean Energy

This paper was prepared to support conversations at the Mparntwe (Alice Springs) roundtable for the First Nations Clean Energy Strategy. The Northern Territory has some of the strongest solar radiation in the world and there is clearly much potential to develop clean energy projects on First Nations titled lands. 

 

 

Special thanks to Christian Bass for use of the photo.


Ngaarda Media: Pilbara First Nations people offered say on Australia's renewable future

Next week, community members in the Pilbara will be asked for their input into a plan for First Nations people to play a central role in the transition to renewable energy.

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The Off-Grid Guide: Procurement, deployment and maintenance of remote off-grid solar power systems

This guide is a resource for communities to help with deci­sion mak­ing in the pro­cure­ment, deploy­ment, oper­a­tion and main­te­nance of off-grid power sys­tems. It lever­ages the knowl­edge gen­er­at­ed dur­ing the Bush­light project, which ran between 2002 and 2013.

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