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New developments in solar powered services for remote aboriginal communities

James, W.L. and Williams, R.W. (1988) New developments in solar powered services for remote aboriginal communities. In: Proceedings of the Conference on Science and Technology for Remote Communities, 18 - 19 July, Murdoch University, Murdoch, W.A Paper 3.1.



One of the most significant developments in the life of the aboriginal people of Australia in recent times is the movement away from large centres of population to homeland centres or outstations [1]. The small communities resulting from this movement generally require some basic services such as water and small amounts of electrical power. The use of conventional approaches to supply essential services in such homeland communities is inappropriate, if not impossible, because of the remoteness of these locations.

This paper describes the most recent developments of a transportable solar power supply system called the Solar Pack for such remote communities, which could also be used in any other similar situation.

This development has involved the Department of Aboriginal Affairs, local community advisors and the aboriginal people themselves, and is being directed by the Murdoch University Energy Research Institute (MUERI) (formerly the Solar Energy Research Institute of Western Australia).

Publication Type: Conference Paper
Publisher: Institute for Environmental Science and Technology Policy, Murdoch University
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