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Desert Knowledge Australia Fact Sheet
What is the Solar Centre?
As a national and international focalpoint for desert knowledge activities,the Desert Knowledge Precinct brings‘knowledge rich’ organisations togetherfor desert focused research and businessdevelopment, and is a place for post-secondary education for desert people. The Desert Knowledge Precinct is the idealtesting ground for solar technologies, andboth local and global organisations willshowcase their technologies.Desert Knowledge Australia haspartnered with the Centre for Appropriate Technology to manage the site. The Solar Centre is an iconic symbol of thePrecinct, complimenting the work of DesertKnowledge Australia and promoting theuptake of solar technology.Visitors have the opportunity to visit theinterpretive centre where informationon the solar industry, in general and inparticular the technologies installed atthe Centre including real-time measuresof electricity output from the installations,is displayed. The technologies on display can beapplied to domestic and commercialsituations.Educational programs for schools will bedeveloped to further enhance the valueof the centre to the wider community. The Solar Centre serves as a place to trainthe Desert Knowledge Precinct students,particularly in relation to trainingprograms conducted by the Centre forAppropriate Technology as part of theDesert Peoples Centre.Over 100 tonnes of the greenhouse gascarbon dioxide will be saved each yearwhen the $3 million Solar Centre is builtat the Desert Knowledge Precinct. Thisis equivalent to taking approximately 25cars permanently off the road. The Solar Centre will produce 312,000kilowatt hours per year, which is enough tosupply about 42 homes in Alice Springs.
Central Australia is home to the$3 million Desert KnowledgeAustralia Solar Centre at the DesertKnowledge Precinct; the first site inAustralia to publicly showcase sucha broad range of large scale solarinstallations. The Desert Knowledge AustraliaSolar Centre will have:Over 15 solar installationsAn interpretive centreAn educational, interpretivewalk through the CentreAn interpretive website The Desert Knowledge AustraliaSolar Centre is funded by theAustralian Government’s RemoteRenewable Power GenerationRebate Program through theDepartment of Environment,Water, Heritage and the Arts and isadministered through the Northern Territory Department of PrimaryIndustry, Fisheries and Mines.