Defence Invests in First Large Scale Solar Array
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 Directorateâ€™s architecture defending Australia from global threats.
â€œIt is exciting that we are now producing for the first time solar powered signals intelligence,â€ Minister Pyne said.
â€œThe 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.â€
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.
â€œThe new solar powered intelligence facility will free up electricity to meet the demands of approximately 400 households in the local community,â€ Minister Price said.
â€œThe solar power facility was delivered through local Australian contractors and is expected to save taxpayers up to $500,000 per year in electricity costs.â€