What is community energy? Arid Lands Environment Centre explains
The Alice Springs Community Garden, a project of the Arid Lands Environment Centre, is not only powered on solar but exports to the town's electricity grid.
"Energy distribution is generally the hallmark of big business," says Jimmy Cocking, CEO of the Arid Lands Environment Centre and an Alice Springs Town Councillor. "Community energy is about how do we get more people involved in securing the energy supply for our community."
That might be through pooling money and bulk buying solar panels, putting money together to set up large or utility-scale projects, or community batteries.
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