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Uterne Solar Power Plant Now Providing Clean Energy in Alice Springs

SAN JOSE, Calif. July 27, 2011 Australia

The Uterne project features more than 3,000 high-efficiency SunPower solar photovoltaic panels generating up to 50 percent more electricity than conventional solar panels. Installed on SunPower’s proprietary single-axis T20 Tracker system, the solar panels are positioned to follow the sun during the day, increasing daily energy production by up to an additional 30 percent over conventional fixed-tilt installations.


Australia Bob Blakiston

Australia Andrew Macrides

As part of the Alice Solar City program, the Australian Government contributed AUD 3.3 million to the AUD 6.6 million Uterne project. Alice Solar City is one of seven cities participating in the government’s AUD 94 million Solar Cities initiative. Each city is trialing a combination of technologies including solar hot water and photovoltaic technology, energy efficiency, load management, smart meters and cost-reflective pricing in large scale grid connected urban sites. Data collected from each of the trials will demonstrate how different projects can reduce energy consumption and will inform future policies.

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