Uluru resort looks to the sun

Tjintu Solar Field
Tjintu Solar Field

A $6.5 million solar installation at an Uluru tourist resort in Central Australia has been switched on and is now generating renewable energy.

The solar energy system will generate power to cover up to 30 per cent of Ayers Rock Resort’s peak use, or about 15 per cent of its average energy use, reducing the reliance on fossil fuels.

The 1.8MW solar system, named Tjintu meaning ‘sun’ in local Pitjantjatjara, is a PV system spread across five separate locations, ranging in size from 100kW to 1MW. The entire array will consist of 5770 modules.

The Clean Energy Finance Corporation (CEFC) and Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) have congratulated Voyages Indigenous Tourism Australia (Voyages) and Australian renewable energy company Epuron for the 1.8MW solar photovoltaic system at the Ayers Rock Resort.