The PV system will cover a roof space on the main Araluen building of over 1,000 square metres, and will generate 302 MWh of electricity per annum.

Ingenero Pty Ltd has been announced as the construction contractor for the project – which will be the fifth large-scale system installed, after those at Crowne Plaza, Alice Springs Airport, Alice Springs Aquatic and Leisure Centre and the Uterne Power Station.

Alice Solar City General Manager Sam Latz said “This now takes the level of electricity generated by solar in Alice Springs to just over 3 per cent, one of the highest levels in Australia per capita.”

The $37 million Alice Solar City program is one of seven Solar Cities to receive funding from the Federal Department of Climate Change and Energy Efficiency.

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The Alice Solar City program was launched in March 2008 and is due to end in June 2013.