Construction of a new one megawatt solar power station, to be the largest tracking solar power system in Australia, was announced in December 2010.
The Uterne power station, meaning ‘bright sunny day’ in the local Arrente language, will see Northern Territory’s Power and Water Corporation sign an agreement to purchase electricity from the one megawatt system for 20 years, offering Alice Springs residents the opportunity to purchase ‘GreenPower’ from a local renewable energy source.
Developed in partnership with Alice Solar City and SunPower Corporation, the $6.6 million power station is supported with $3.3 million in funding from the Federal Government as part of its $94 million Solar Cities program.
To be installed on three hectares on the outskirts of Alice Springs, the solar power station will consist of 3048 ultra-efficient SunPower mono-crystalline panels. Each 318 W module will be mounted on a custom-designed tracker that will follow the sun as it crosses over the sky.