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Alice Springs to get solar power station

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.

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