Alice Solar City

Alice Springs was just one of 7 cities in Australia that have been selected to participate in the Australian Government's Solar Cities initiative.

The Solar Cities program aimed to show how technology, behaviour change and new approaches to electricity pricing can combine to provide a sustainable energy future in urban locations throughout Australia.

Alice Springs is a unique place receiving, on average, more than 9 hours of sunlight per day which makes it an ideal location to make use of solar power. The extreme conditions that we live with year round also mean that energy use amongst the community is quite high.

Alice Springs Town Council was the lead proponent in the Alice Solar City project ( and it aimed to empower the community to make informed and intelligent use of energy and water.

Alice Solar City (ASC) was overseen by a consortium of local organisations, which provide funds and in-kind support to the project.

The members were:
• Alice Springs Town Council (ASTC)
• Northern Territory Government (NTG)
• Power and Water Corporation (PWC)
• Desert Knowledge Co-operative Research Centre (DKCRC)
• Arid Lands Environment Centre (ALEC)
• Tangentyere Council
• Northern Territory Chamber of Commerce and Industry (NTCCI)

You can find out more information about the program by visiting