Alice Springs will soon be home to the largest tracking solar power station in Australia. The $6.6 million, one megawatt power station will be built on the outskirts of Alice Springs, and should be completed by May 2011.
The project has received $3.3 million in federal government funding under its $94 million Solar Cities program. The Power and Water Corporation – the sole provider of electricity, water supply and sewerage services to almost 80,000 Northern Territory customers – has signed an agreement to purchase power from the station for 20 years.
The system will use 3,048 panels, mounted on a tracker system, to follow the sun as it crosses the sky. It will power the equivalent of 288 average homes for a year, or supply 10 per cent green power to 2750 Alice Springs homes.