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Australia gears up for 'largest' solar tracking system

Posted: 17 Dec 2008 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:power solar installation? energy renewable? solar panel?

SunPower Corp. has announced an agreement to build a 505kW solar power installation for Horizon Power, a government-owned company providing power to remote and regional communities and resource operations in Western Australia. The ground-mounted installation will be located on two sites in Marble Bar and Nullagine, in the east Pilbara region of Western Australia, and will be the largest solar tracking system in Australia.

"Horizon Power is excited to be driving a project that will set a new standard in large-scale renewable energy technology in Australia," said Rod Hayes, Horizon Power managing director. "Horizon Power vigorously pursues renewable energy options for power generation and is pleased that regional Western Australians will be able to experience the benefits of leading-edge, large-scale renewable energy technology as a result of our partnership with SunPower."

"Western Australia is one of the best locations on Earth to capture the power of the sun," said Bob Blakiston, managing director of SunPower Australia. "The SunPower systems that we build on these sites will maximize the clean, renewable solar power generated for Horizon Power and the communities the company serves."

SunPower will install SunPower solar tracking technology on the sites, which will maximize the solar plant's energy delivery, while optimizing land use and reducing related costs. SunPower solar panels will also be used to further enhance the production of the system. Construction is expected to be complete by September 2009.

Last month, SunPower announced that it is building a 305kW rooftop solar power system for the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Alice Springs, Northern Territory.

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