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Epuron completes 1.8-MW PV array at Ayers Rock Resort in Australia

Australian renewable energy firm Epuron Solar Pty Ltd and Voyages Indigenous Tourism Australia have recently switched on a 1.8-MW solar array at the Ayers Rock Resort.

The Ayers Rock Resort, located in Australia's Northern Territory, is owned by Voyages.

In a press release on Tuesday, the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) said that the AUD-7-million (USD 5.3m/EUR 4.8m) photovoltaic (PV) systems, dubbed Tjintu, had been installed at five separate sites.

Last year, Australia's Clean Energy Finance Corp (CEFC) provided AUD 4.7 million in financing to Epuron to build, operate and maintain (O&M) the solar array. Voyages, part of corporate commonwealth entity Indigenous Land Corp (ILC), also received AUD 450,000 from ARENA to share all it has learned from the project with the local industry.

“The knowledge generated and shared through this project will help other remote and off-grid power users to build on Voyages’ work and determine whether switching to renewable energy makes sense for them,” ARENA CEO, Ivor Frischknecht, noted.

After choosing domestic engineering consultancy CAT Projects for the detailed feasibility and design of the solar project, Voyages awarded the 2014 tender for it to Epuron and its main contractor Complete Power Solutions. The 5,770 PV modules at the site are expected to be able to generate enough electricity to meet about 30% of the resort’s daytime consumption, or about 15% of its annual overall energy use for some 20 years.

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