Uterne is a 4.1 Megawatt solar power project operating in the Northern Territory. “Uterne” means “bright sunny day” in the local Arrente language, and is the perfect name for a solar project located in one of the world’s best solar energy resources.
Epuron now owns and operates the facility, with the power sold to the Northern Territory government’s energy utility Territory Generation under a long term power purchase agreement.
Alice Solar City’s largest iconic project, the 1 Megawatt Uterne I solar power station in Alice Springs has won an Engineering Excellence award at the Engineers Australia Northern Division Awards, taking out the Australian Solar Energy Society (AuSES) Award for Sustainability.
“As the Southern Hemisphere’s largest tracking solar power plant, this project is the most iconic and notable example of efficient photovoltaic technology in Australia, integrating innovative products and advanced engineering practices and we are proud to play a part in its success.” said General Manager of Alice Solar City Sam Latz.
Built by Sunpower Australia with funding as part of the Alice Solar City initiative, the installation covers more than three hectares and consists of 3,048 ultra-efficient mono-crystalline panels installed across 254 tracking arrays. The system is projected to produce 2300 megawatt hours (MWh) of electricity per year, equivalent to the annual consumption of 270 average Alice Springs households. The solar farm will produce about 1% of Alice Springs’ electricity a year and can meet 2% of peak demand on a sunny day.
Following the success of Uterne I, Epuron has now commissioned the larger 3.1 Megawatt Uterne II project on adjacent land, bringing the total capacity of the site to 4.1 Megawatts. This project was built with the support of commercial finance provided by the Clean Energy Finance Corporation (CEFC).