Defence Invests in First Large Scale Solar Array

27 Mar 2019 Media release

Defence has invested $4 million in a new solar power facility at the Australian Defence Satellite Communications Station near Geraldton, Western Australia.

The Hon Christopher Pyne MP, Minister for Defence, said the site is a key component in the Australian Signals Directorate’s architecture defending Australia from global threats.

“It is exciting that we are now producing for the first time solar powered signals intelligence,” Minister Pyne said.

“The facility is the first large scale solar array developed by Defence, which has now increased its expertise in the procurement and installation of such facilities.”

The Hon Melissa Price MP, Minister for the Environment and Member for Durack, said she was delighted to open the 1.2 megawatt solar photovoltaic facility.

“The new solar powered intelligence facility will free up electricity to meet the demands of approximately 400 households in the local community,” Minister Price said.

“The solar power facility was delivered through local Australian contractors and is expected to save taxpayers up to $500,000 per year in electricity costs.”