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Renewable energy power system at Swan Valley Nyungah Community: Industry or community innovation?

Schläpfer, A. and Marinova, D. (2000) Renewable energy power system at Swan Valley Nyungah Community: Industry or community innovation? In: Solar 2000: Renewable Energy Transforming Business, 38th annual conference of the Australian and New Zealand Solar Energy Society, 29 November - 1 December, Brisbane, QLD, Australia

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Abstract

The paper presents a case study in renewable energy application, namely the renewable energy power system installed in the Swan Valley Nyungah Community (SVNC) in Perth, Western Australia. The objectives of the 1998 project, which involved the Perth based International Centre for Application of Solar Energy (CASE), were to provide electricity in a culturally acceptable form, reduce power costs and demonstrate the viability of the renewable energy technology used. The outcomes, however, did not match the expectations of the Aboriginal community or the Alternative Energy Development Board. The industry representatives did not have site specific knowledge for the implementation of their technology. The local end-users were not involved in the project itself. For projects like this to work, high professional responsibility, transparent accountability and community participation and acceptance of the technology should accompany good intentions.

Publication Type: Conference Paper
Murdoch Affiliation: School of Mathematical and Physical Sciences
URI: http://researchrepository.murdoch.edu.au/id/eprint/25037
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