Whilst out on the APY Lands, we were privileged to have a tour of the Central Powerhouse at Umuwa.
This was extremely educational, especially to those of us that have lived on communities previously and remembered the old tin shed that enclosed a generator for each community!
We also got to see the site of the new solar farm which is currently under construction.
When completed, the upgraded Central Powerhouse will comprise 3 megawatts of solar photovoltaic panels and 1 megawatt of battery storage capacity, and will deliver 4.4 gigawatt hours of clean energy and reduce the amount of diesel used by 1 million litres per annum.
We hope to take the Anangu Energy Education Workers (EEW’s) on a tour of the Central Powerhouse as part of their training in March. This will help the workers have a greater understanding of how electricity is made and how it travels to the communities.