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Posted On July 27, 2021
A “shelters” project would build up a network of solar energy panels and hydropower dams on rooftops in inner-city areas, creating “energy deserts” to provide homes and businesses with affordable, renewable energy.
The project, which would be launched by the National Urban Renewal Authority (NERA), is designed to be affordable and sustainable, and could also be used to generate income for communities, according to the project’s developers.
In the meantime, the project is expected to generate enough electricity to power about 1,000 homes.
The “solar-powered homes” are intended to be used by families and individuals with limited financial resources to supplement their electricity needs.
The program is one of several initiatives being considered by Australia’s federal government to help create and sustain a low-carbon economy, including a national energy strategy, an urban adaptation plan and a national investment fund.
NERA, the national energy agency, is a joint venture between the Department of Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development (DTRI), and the Australian Energy Market Operator (AEMO).
The agency has been working on a low carbon energy strategy for the last three years, which will see it focus on greening Australia’s cities and towns, including building up a national network of “sustainable urban infrastructure” that could eventually be linked to renewable energy projects.
In a statement, DTRI Chief Executive Mike Quigley said: “The National Urban Energy Strategy (NERS) is an ambitious undertaking that is underpinned by the strong support of the NT Government, with NT Government funding of more than $2 billion over three years.”
The NT government’s support has also allowed NERS to launch the project, with the goal of creating solar energy homes for around $250,000, according the company’s website.
“We’re proud to have the support of NT Government and are excited about the potential of the project,” NERs Chief Operating Officer Matt Rothery said.
The National Urban Adaptation Plan will provide a blueprint for developing and operating a low emission, green energy economy in NT, and will also see NERAS focus on developing a “green-housing” system to assist low-income people who want to transition to low carbon. “
As the first phase of this vision, NER’s solar homes are designed to meet the needs of a small number of families and provide them with energy savings and savings in terms of maintenance and operation.”
The National Urban Adaptation Plan will provide a blueprint for developing and operating a low emission, green energy economy in NT, and will also see NERAS focus on developing a “green-housing” system to assist low-income people who want to transition to low carbon.
The agency is also working on an “urban canopy” project to provide energy savings to businesses and individuals, while also creating an “economic development hub” to attract new businesses to the area.