Off-grid power in the NT

The North­ern Territory’s land mass is 1.4 mil­lion square kilo­me­tres, with a pop­u­la­tion of lit­tle more than 200,000. Many peo­ple live long dis­tances from reg­u­lat­ed pow­er grids, rely­ing on off-grid sys­tems for their elec­tric­i­ty requirements.

Quick facts

  • There are about 430 homelands/​outstations in the NT
  • These com­mu­ni­ties are home to more than 10,000 people. 
  • 130 stand-alone pow­er sys­tems were installed dur­ing Bushlight.
  • Off-grid sys­tems are also used at tourist facil­i­ties, ranger sta­tions and pas­toral properties.


This fact sheet touch­es on the remark­able work of Bush­light, a project rolled out between 2002 and 2013 by the Cen­tre for Appro­pri­ate Technology. 

The report that prompt­ed Bush­light can be viewed HERE

In 2019 Intyal­heme worked with Ekisti­ca to pro­duce a best prac­tice man­u­al which lever­aged the knowl­edge gen­er­at­ed dur­ing Bush­light. Is it called the Off-Grid Guide. Find out more HERE

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