CAT Projects was recently honoured with the highest accolade that Engineers Australia confers on a project, the Sir William Hudson Award, for our work with the Bushlight India Project. Presented at the 2011 National Engineering Excellence Awards which were held in Parliament House, Canberra, this award recognises the most outstanding engineering project of the year and represents the very best of the best. In winning this award the Bushlight India Project was judged against over 50 other finalists including some of the largest infrastructure projects in Australia and some amazing innovations.  

The Bushlight India Project developed and demonstrated a replicable, scalable model for powering remote villages using RE minigrids, based on a unique service philosophy of providing an agreed, assured amount of energy - available 24/7 - to all consumers. This is achieved through a consultative energy planning process and a low cost household energy meter called an Urja Bandhu. The model is founded on the cumulative expertise and experience built up by the Centre for Appropriate Technology's Bushlight Project, which has been working to provide reliable energy services to Indigenous communities across northern Australia since 2002, and demonstrates a successful export of innovation and best practice from Aboriginal people to the international sphere.

As CAT Inc’s Chairman, Peter Renehan said on the night:  “The knowledge and capability used for this project was developed by working with aboriginal people in remote areas, and it’s fantastic to see it being shared internationally to benefit other indigenous peoples.”

CAT Projects would like to acknowledge the support provided by the Australian Government, through the Asia Pacific Partnership on Climate Change; the CAT Inc. Board, for having the foresight and ambition to consider looking beyond its own shores; our Directors; our Indian non-government and government partners, Gram Vikas, WWF-India, and the West Bengal Renewable Energy Development Agency; as well as the many, many others who contributed to making the project the success that it is.


CAT Projects: delivering excellence in remote area project management, energy and power system engineering, and community and stakeholder engagement.

CAT Projects is an engineering firm based in Alice Springs that is wholly owned by the Centre for Appropriate Technology (CAT Inc), an indigenous science and technology organisation that has been supporting livelihood development in remote indigenous communities for over 30 years.

CAT Projects offers engineering services and solutions designed to enhance the sustainability of remote and urban communities across Australia and the Asia Pacific, which are people-focused, innovative and practical.

We operate with the informed pragmatism and technical rigor expected of an engineering consultancy, while remaining influenced by our shareholder’s 30 year heritage of working to support the livelihoods of remote Aboriginal communities. This provides us with a unique appreciation of the important relationship between people, place and technology, as well as the role that innovation plays in charting a viable future for these remote settlements.



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