Solar Energy Transformation Program (SETuP)

SETuP Identifier

Power and Water is committed to sharing the knowledge gained through this project and from previous projects. For additional information regarding this project see list below:

Media releases
Frequently asked questions
Fact sheets
Solar/Diesel Mini-Grid Systems handbook
ARENA SETuP interactive story

Power and Water is transforming the way power is delivered to remote communities by incorporating solar power to reduce reliance on diesel. The four year program has seen the completion of all 10MW of solar.

The $59M program has been funded by the Australian Government through the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) and the Northern Territory Government.

Benefits of the SETuP Program include:

  • improved local air quality
  • reduced long haul transport
  • fewer trucks or barges entering communities
  • reduced greenhouse gas emissions
  • protection from diesel price escalation

Power and Water has been progressively delivering a wide-scale rollout of 10MW of solar systems across 25 remote Indigenous communities. The program has changed Power and Water’s remote community energy supply portfolio, making solar energy an established part of future power station design. View this three minute overview of the Solar SETuP program.

SETuP has two key components:

1. Remote community solar rollout:

There are a number of ways in which solar may be used in community scale power generation. Most solar SETuP sites have been constructed so that power from the solar panels is fed into the local grid, without the use of battery storage at this point. The new solar generation capacity is additional to the existing diesel generation at the powerhouse. As a result, the diesel generators will to do less work, resulting in 15% fuel savings.

Installation and commissioning of eleven sites totaling 3.325 MW was completed in 2017:



Daly River

Docker River (Kaltukatjara)

Kintore (Walangkura)

Mt Liebig (Amunturangu)

Nyirripi (Waite Creek)





Work is now completed on the second tranche installment of 5.6MW of solar at the following communities:

Apatula (Finke)

Atitjere (Hart’s Range)


Titjikala (Maryvale)

Galiwinku (Elcho Island)


Gunbalanya (Oenpelli)




Minyerri (Hodgson Downs)


Warruwi (Goulburn Island)

Wurrumiyanga (Bathurst Island)

2. Nauiyu (Daly River) Solar Project:

A 1MW solar facility and a 2MWh battery have been installed at the Daly River Power Station to allow clean energy production to meet 50% of the community’s annual electricity needs.

This project provides Daly River, including the community of Nauiyu, an even greater amount of solar contribution through the storage of solar power. A large battery system, provided by German company Qinous GmnH, is providing 100% of electricity demand during the day, allowing the diesel generators to be turned off. The project went online at the end of March 2018. The 1MW solar array was constructed by BMD Conergy Joint Venture.

We are building on lessons learnt from our Daly River solar/diesel optimisation research project in order to deliver this Solar SETuP project. Learnings from the Nauiyu project will determine the economic and operational viability of adding batteries to solar facilities for future remote power station design.

For more information, contact Power and Water at or 1800 245 092.

For information on other projects go to Renewable Energy.

Published resources

SETuP communication materials produced to date include:

Media Releases

  • Media release - Remote community roll-out of solar power complete
  • Media release - Power and Water takes out Engineering Excellence Award - 24 August 2018
  • Media release - Northern Territory’s largest solar program nearing completion - 17 August 2018
  • Media release - Construction to begin on second phase of the Northern Territory’s largest solar project - 31 May 2018
  • Media release - Power and Water delivers renewable energy and storage in Daly River - 18 April 2018
  • Media release - SETuP's Daly River is shining light on remote communities - 11 August - 2017
  • Media release - Solar SETuP's Tranche One completion powers the Northern Territory's communities - 24 July 2017
  • Media release - Solar powers up for strong community engagement - 17 March 2017
  • Media release - Kicking more goals for solar power - 5 August 2015
  • Media release – Cleaner, greener electricity for remote NT – 17 October 2014

Fact Sheets

  • Fact sheet - Nauiyu (Daly River) Solar/Diesel Hybrid Project - 17 October 2014
  • Fact sheet - Solar Energy Transformation Program - 9 September 2016



  • TVC - Solar Energy Transformation Program - 17 October 2014