The Centre for Appropriate Technology (CAT) works to secure sustainable livelihoods for communities of Indigenous people through appropriate technology.
CAT provides information, knowledge and practical services across a range of areas including energy, housing and infrastructure, water, waste, telecommunications, transport and technical skills development. CAT utilises evidence based and applied problem solving approaches to assist communities of Indigenous people to access the information, services and skills required to live safe and happy lives.
Bushlight is a project of CAT. It is an innovative renewable energy project which aims to increase access to sustainable energy services within remote Indigenous communities across Australia. Bushlight does this with a strong focus on community engagement in the energy planning process, and by designing robust, technically advanced renewable energy systems.
Bushlight strives to:
- Improve the reliability of renewable energy systems in remote Indigenous communities
- Improve the capacity and confidence of communities to choose and manage renewable energy services
- Establish a technical service network to service and maintain renewable energy services in remote communities
Bushlight works in the most remote regions of Central and Top End Australia, where communities are isolated by hundreds of kilometres of dirt roads, can be cut off by flood, and have no access to town water, power and other luxuries.
Without reliable access to fresh food and refrigeration, fuel and qualified technicians, Australia's remote communities need sturdy, innovative and interactive energy services.
You can vist the Bushlight site for to find out more.