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SunPower completes largest solar power tracking system in Australia

Posted: 06 Aug 2010 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:Renewable Remote Power Generation Program? solar power? sustainable energy? power plant?

SunPower Corp. announces the completion of a 505KW solar power installation for Horizon Power, a government-owned utility providing power to remote and regional communities and resource operations in Western Australia.

Located on two sites, Marble Bar and Nullagine in the east Pilbara region of Western Australia,

the ground-mounted SunPower T20 Tracker installation was commissioned earlier this year. It is the largest solar tracking system in Australia, and powers a high penetration, hybrid solar-diesel power stations. The power stations will generate approximately 1,048MW hours of solar energy per year and will produce 60 percent to 90 percent of daily electricity needs. This project is supported by the Australian Government through the Renewable Remote Power Generation Program and implemented by the Office of Energy in Western Australia.

SunPower Australia's managing director, Bob Blakiston comments, "SunPower is proud to deliver Australia's first and largest T20 tracker installation, generating clean, renewable solar power for Horizon Power." He adds, "We also congratulate Horizon Power for being honored by the Western Australia Sustainable Energy Association with the Outstanding Achievement in Excellence and Innovation Award for its insight in bringing solar power to regional and remote areas of the country."

The system installation utilizes SunPower solar panels, some of the most efficient solar panels on the market available, and the SunPower T20 Tracker system. The T20 Tracker follows the sun's movement during the day, increasing sunlight capture by up to 30 percent over conventional fixed-tilt systems, while significantly reducing land use requirements. SunPower has more than 550MW of solar power systems installed or under contract worldwide.

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