Wednesday, 29 May 2013

Silex opens Australia's largest CPV plant
15 Apr 2013

Silex Systems has commenced operation of Australia's largest concentrating photovoltaic (CPV) solar power station in Victoria's north-west.

The Mildura development, run by Silex subsidiary Solar Systems, will have a capacity of 1.5 MWs when fully operational-enough to power up to 500 average sized homes. A power purchase agreement for power off-take onto the local Mildura grid was signed with Diamond Energy in December last year.

"The commencement of operations at our Mildura Demonstration Facility is a significant milestone in the commercialisation of Solar Systems' unique 'Dense Array' CPV technology", Silex CEO Dr Michael Goldsworthy said.

"The first array consisting of 10 dish systems has been successfully commissioned and is operational, with the remaining three arrays of 30 dishes to be brought online progressively over the next few weeks".

The planning phase for the next stage, the 100MW Mildura Solar Power Station Project, remains on track, the company said, with construction commencement expected late in 2014. This timeline is reliant on the successful operation of the demonstration facility and finalisation of funding arrangements.