NT Smart Energy Projects

Off Grid Smart Energy for Ranku General Store

Off grid solar and battery storage for Ranku General Store and Club.

Project Details

Where Ranku, Bathurst Island, Tiwi Islands NT
Client Ranku General Store
Year 2018

Steps towards sustainability

The Store and Club were on the local Ranku mini grid, which uses a large diesel generator to generate electricity for the community. The Store’s kWh tariff was over 40 cents per kWh, which was prohibitive for the continued sustainability of the Store and Club. If it were to close, the nearest store would be at Wurrimiyanga about 64.7 km over rough roads, making access difficult especially in the wet season. Less people would be content to stay on country.


Total Solar/Storage: 31.2 kW solar + 168kWhr with 83.4kWhr usable storage at 60% D.O.D.

  • Potential Energy Consumption Offset: up to 90% +
    Reduced costs works towards the sustainability of the Community Store + reduces the subsidy the Tiwi Islands Regional Council has had to provide to ensure a price of only .41 cents/kWh for the Store
  • During the install, 7 locals received training in working at heights + for White Card and 4 worked on the project + were trained in installing solar panels; 1 apprentice taken on full time; 30 staff trained in Cultural Awareness Program
  • Various Indigenous businesses were engaged in the project as suppliers or service providers
  • When the Community downsizes its generator to meet its new net needs, now that the Store and Club are energy independent, it will greatly reduce air pollution + carbon emissions

Indigenous employment

During the install, 7 locals received training in working at heights for White Card and 4 worked on the project and were trained in installing solar panels.

1 apprentice taken on full time.

Sustainable impact

The Store was threatened with closure due to excessive electricity tariffs. This project underpins the sustainability not only of the Store and Club but also of the community itself.

Renewable power is another step in the long term strategic plan towards sustainability.

Explore other projects

  • All Projects
  • Construction
  • Industrial Electrical
  • Smart Energy
Office Fit Out by DICE Australia

New Office Design and Construction

Design and construction of a new office fit-out for Yilli Rreung Aboriginal Housing Corporation.

Read More →
DICE Industrial Electrical Wiring

Combined Cycle Power Plant Project

High voltage wiring, terminations, commissioning and documentation for Ventia.

Read More →
Industrial Electrical Switchboard

Defence Base Switchboard Upgrades

Replacement of 40 main switchboards including all electrical components.

Read More →
Defence Aviation Upgrades

Defence Aviation Refuelling Facilities Upgrades

Hazardous area installation of electrical systems including lighting, power and safety showers.

Read More →
NT Archives Industrial Electrical

NT Archives Stage 4

Industrial electrical works for the Northern Territory Government.

Read More →
Larrakeyah Enabling Works

Larrakeyah Enabling Works

Installation of entire electrical infrastructure on work site for Halikos Constructions.

Read More →