Australia-based renewable energy developer Epuron and SunPower Corp. have partnered to expand the 1 MW Uterne solar power plant in Alice Springs, Australia, by 3.1 MW.
SunPower has been contracted to design and build the expansion with its solar panels mounted on its T0 Trackers. Financing from the Clean Energy Finance Corp. is providing a $13 million loan to Epuron to find the project, which is expected to be completed in 2015.
Epuron acquired the initial 1 MW Uterne from SunPower in October 2012. The Northern Territory's Power and Water Corp. has signed a long-term power purchase agreement to take the output of the Utene facility as part of the Alice Solar City program.
‘Epuron's decision to expand Uterne in the Northern Territory proves that solar is a reliable and cost-competitive substitute for conventional energy sources such as diesel and gas,’ says Howard Wenger, SunPower's regional president.