Supported by the Smart Energy Council in collaboration with the solar industry, Beyond the Burn is a new initiative telling the story of Australia’s solar farms and the people behind them.
One of the early images from the Beyond the Burn project.
A photographic expedition, led by acclaimed Australian Geographic photographer, storyteller and adventurer, Ralph Alphonso, is touring through rural Victoria, Queensland and New South Wales stopping at Bomen, Nevertire, Warwick, Jemalong, Bannerton and Karadoc, meeting the workers and sharing stories along the way. Its driving purpose is to connect with local communities and the industry at large to celebrate solar’s triumphant success in Australia, and reaffirm the commitment to this market. Driven by all the benefits that come with clean, locally sourced power, regional industries and farming communities are recognising the opportunities presented by solar and pushing ahead regardless of the challenges they face. There are now more than 70 large scale solar farms with more than 6GW of capacity, with more under construction and in the pipeline. Farmers are also turning to solar as a means to shore up their energy supply and protect themselves from rising power prices, which reduces their profit margins in a highly competitive industry.