Australia’s largest solar PV farm to use sun tracking technology, the 4.1MW Uterne project in Alice Springs, has been completed and is ready to supply electricity to the local power network.
One of only two large-scale solar projects to have been financed by the Clean Energy Finance Corporation, the newly expanded facility owned by Epuron Solar is expected to meet the electricity needs of about 1,100 homes, and gives Alice Springs one of the highest solar penetration levels in the country.
The CEFC committed $13 million in finance to enable the expansion of the formely 1MW Uterne solar plant using tracking technology installed by SunPower, which enables the panels to follow the sun and deliver up to 30 per cent more energy than fixed-tilt installations.
In a statement on Thursday, Epuron acknowledged the key role of the CEFC’s financial backing in the project’s completion, as well as that of a long-term power purchase agreement backed by Territory Generation.
“The solar potential of Australia is obvious, and the CEFC stands ready to invest and help catalyse the finance required for the growth of utility-scale solar in Australia,” Yates said.
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