SunPower has completed a 505kW solar power installation for Horizon Power, the government-owned utility providing power to remote and regional communities and resource operations in Western Australia. The project, which marks the largest solar tracking system installation in the country, will power the world’s first high penetration, hybrid solar-diesel power station.
The ground-mounted SunPower T20 Tracker installation is located over two sites, Marble Bar and Nullagine in the east Pilbara region of Western Australia, and was commissioned earlier this year.
“SunPower is proud to deliver Australia’s first and largest T20 tracker installation, generating clean, renewable solar power for Horizon Power,” said Bob Blakiston, managing director of SunPower Australia. “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 power stations will generate approximately 1,048MWh of solar energy per year and will produce 60 – 90% 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.