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.

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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.

The station is being developed in partnership with Alice Solar City and SunPower Corporation. Sunpower Corporation Australia will build it.

Source: news.smh

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