A 1.2 MW solar array has been powered up at Western Australian “spy station” near Geraldton. The array aims to take pressure off the region’s ageing power grid. Author: Marija Maisch, pv magazine Australia.
Australia’s Department of Defence has officially unveiled a 1.2 MW solar array at its Satellite Communications Station (ADSCS) at Kojarena, in Western Australia. The PV project has been funded by Defence with a total of $4 million.
The Kojarena station is a major Australian signals interception facility, and is part of a worldwide system of satellite communications keyword monitoring known as Echelon. Under an agreement initiated in 2007, the Geraldton array is a part of the Wideband Global SATCOM system, which provides Australia access to the principally US-funded constellation of a number of high capacity global war-fighting communications satellites, according to the Nautilus Institute.
Minister for Defence Christopher Pyne said the site is a key component in the Australian Signals Directorate’s architecture defending Australia from global threats.