Research and reports

Alice Solar City 2008-2013 Report

Alice Solar City was one of the seven projects funded through the Australian Government’s Solar Cities Program, a $97 million national program launched in 2004 and designed to run until June 2013.

This is the final report Alice Solar City Report for 2013

 

Commercial Program Report

This report provides the final results of the Alice Solar City (ASC) Commercial program.

Read the final report here.

 

Home Energy Audit: Customer Feedback

Household electricity use can be an intangible consumption for many individuals. Household members may have limited understanding of the relationship between their use of household appliances, their behaviors and electricity consumption.  It is important to educate the community and create greater awareness around energy consumption and its impacts. This document reports on customer responses to the Alice Solar City Home Energy Audits which were, after registration, the major ASC customer engagement with a significant educative purpose

Read the final report here.

 

Cost Reflective Tariff Pricing Trial

This document reports on the Cost-Reflective Tariff (CRT) pricing trail of the residential element in the Alice Solar Cities (ASC) project.  It includes, and is structured around, the key reporting requirements for the Australia Government, which was a major funder through the national solar cities program.

Read the final document here.

Residential Photocoltaic Systems

This document reports on the photovoltaic (PV) systems component of the residential element in the Alice Solar City (ASC) program. It includes, and is structured around, the key reporting requirements for the Australia Government, which was a major funder through the national solar cities program.

Read the final document here.

Residential Solar Hot Water

This document reports on the solar hot water (SHW) component of the residential element in the Alice Solar City (ASC) program. It includes, and is structured around, the key reporting requirements for the Australia Government, which was a major funder through the national solar cities program.

Read the final document here.

Residential Overview

Initiated by the Australian Government in 2004, the Solar Cities program aimed to explore how technology, behavioral change and the time-of-use (ToU) electricity pricing can contribute to sustainable energy future for Australia. Alice Springs was one of the seven locations around Australia that participated in the Solar Cities program.

This can be further explained in this residential overview.

Community Engagment

This document addresses the key reporting requirements for the community engagement component of the Alice Solar City (ASC) residential program, as specified in the funding agreement with the Australian Government, which was the major ASC sponsor through the national Solar Cities program.

Read the final report here.

Residential Energy Efficiency Measures

This document reports on the energy efficiency measures (EEMs) component of the residential element in the Alice Solar City (ASC) program.  It includes, and is structured around, the key reporting requirements for the Australian Government, which was the major funder through the national Solar Cities program. It provides relevant contextual and technical information, as well as documenting assumptions and rationales associated with information and data management. It also incorporates other aspects of relevance and interest.

Read the final report here. 

 

Alice Springs Hospital Energy Efficiency Project Report

The Alice Springs Hospital is the largest electricity consuming facility in Alice Springs, and an energy efficiency project for the Hospital was a core component of Alice Solar City. An energy audit was commissioned, and implementation of over $510,000 of efficiency improvements was undertaken from 2009 to 2012.

For details on the projects undertaken and the outcomes, read the final report

The Sustainable Living House Project Report

In 2009 Alice Solar City together with desertSMART COOLmob launched a competition to win the ultimate in energy and water efficiency makeovers. The winning house eventually became the Sustainable Living House, which was opened up to the public on a series of open days over the next two years as a display of best practice energy and water use in the arid region of Alice Springs.

Read the final report - updated (4MB) or take the interactive online tour

Tangentyere housing project final report

Alice Solar City supported a project of energy efficiency retrofits in the Alice Springs Town Camps, managed by Tangentyere Council. The project provided upgrades to 61 houses across 12 town camps, and in addition to improving thermal efficiency it provided employment and training opportunities for a group of town camp residents.

Read the final report.

Tangentyere housing project community research report

Tangentyere Council Research Hub and Bushlight conducted research into the community response to the housing energy efficiency upgrades retrofitted as part of the Tangentyere housing project.

Read the main report and appendices.

Tangentyere housing project HealthHabitat report (temperature and power monitoring)

As part of the Tangentyere housing project, HealthHabitat gathered data on temperature and power performance before and after energy efficiency retrofits on a selection of town camp homes. Read the results in the HealthHabitat report.

Analysis of a residential rooftop photovoltaic trial in Alice Springs

Havas, L., Latz, S., Lawes, M. J., Penna, C., Race, D., 2012

The report, the first prepared through a standing collaboration between Alice Solar City, Charles Darwin University Centre For Renewable Energy and the Cooperative Research Centre for Remote Economic Participation, was presented at the Solar 2012 Conference, Melbourne,

A Review of the Alice Solar City Program

In early 2012, Charles Darwin University was commissioned to prepare a review of the outcomes from Alice Solar City. The report was completed and released in August 2012.

The report includes Appendix 1 (data tables) and Appendix 2 (Tourism Survey).

Community Survey July 2012

McGregor Tan Research was commissioned by Alice Solar City in May 2012 to undertake community research into awareness and key indicators of the Alice Solar City project.

This document is the summary of its findings.

Literature Review: Household energy consumption, conservation and efficiency

 In 2010 a literature review was undertaken to enable a comparison of the Alice Solar City (ASC) project and available academic information.

You can read the review where the broad topics of the review are summarised within the context of the ASC project.

summary of the review is also available for perusal.

Case study of increasing levels of PV penetration in the Alice Springs electricity supply system

Alice Springs was the first Australian town chosen to go under the microscope in the research conducted by the Australian Photovoltaic (PV) Association.

You can read the report here.