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Bushlight RE System Training in Central Australia


An integral part of Bushlight work is the ongoing engagement, training and support that are provided, not only to community residents but also the service providers that support them.


In May 2013 Bushlight worked with Tjuwanpa Outstation Resource Centre to share knowledge and conduct training on the RE systems near Hermannsburg, West of Alice Springs. Participants included rangers, CDEP workers, and the service provider's electrician.



The training is aimed specifically at how to carry out those maintenance tasks that do not require an electrical license, for example, cleaning the solar panels, preventing insect infestation, trimming branches or trees that might cause shading on the panels, and preventing rust from spreading on old array frames.


The outcomes of the training include:

  • An understanding of the safety issues when working with electricity
  • A greater level of confidence in responding to problems with the system if they arise
  • Avoiding the expense of sending out electrical contractors for minor faults
  • Regular non-electrical system maintenance is provided in between electrical contractor's scheduled servicing, meaning that community energy services are more reliable and will stay working better for longer.

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