The Off-Grid Guide is written by Ekistica and produced by Intyalheme. It leverages the knowledge generated during the Bushlight project, which ran between 2002 and 2013.
The 56-page document contains guidelines to help with decision making in the procurement, deployment, operation and maintenance of off-grid solar systems. It is primarily aimed at municipal and essential service providers, taking into account that renewable energy engineering might not always be an area of expertise for those working in this space. The Off-Grid Guide also aims to mitigate the effects of transience and staff turnover, with background on the Northern Territory and the history of renewable energy in the bush, and an explanation of the current funding arrangements for upgrading or installing renewable energy infrastructure in the bush.
To find out more about Bushlight, browse the archive on the Centre for Appropriate Technology website. CfAT is the Indigenous controlled parent company of Ekistica. Find the Bushlight archive HERE.
Ekistica engineer Paul Rodden with Minister for Renewables, Energy and Essential Services, Dale Wakefield, launching the Off-Grid Guide
The Off-Grid Guide was officially launched by the Hon. Dale Wakefield, Minster for Renewables, Energy and Essential Services on August 10, 2019, during a panel discussion called Our Bright Solar Future: Learning from Our Leaders, which formed part of the desertSMART EcoFair.
Pictured from left: Harold Furber, Elder-in-Residence at the Desert Knowledge Precinct; Clare Paynter, engineer with Ekistica; Dan Tyson, CEO DKA; Paul Rodden, author Off-Grid Guide and Ekistica engineer; Minister Dale Wakefield; Raymond Pratt, director DICE Australia; Jimmy Cocking, CEO ALEC.
Front row from left: Costa Georgiardis; Glenn Marshall, GM Intyalheme; Andrea Johnston, Communications Officer — Intyalheme; Craig Reucassel.