Traditional Owners and the Borroloola community are embracing the transformative potential of a clean energy transition in their region. Solar power offers the potential for our people to live and work on country, adapt to climate change impacts, and create new economic opportunities.
Garrwa Traditional Owner Gadrian Hoosan, says the creation of new solar opportunities is a way for younger generations to stay living and working on country, while building resilience to the impacts of climate change. ‘We want to see the future of our region powered by the sun, with cheap and reliable power for every household and business in Borroloola. Clean energy gives us hope for the future of our community, and that’s worth fighting for.’
The community are seeking to develop and implement a microgrid that feeds into the existing electricity network and reduces reliance on diesel for the township of Borroloola.
The introduction of solar will be critical to starting to address the energy poverty in the community. We are regularly hearing stories of power being cut off, food going bad and people suffering in overcrowded and hot houses.
We hope this project can lead the way and build a case study for other remote Indigenous communities to aspire to take part in and expand the reach of the clean energy revolution.