Defence’s first large-scale solar power array opened

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

CAPTION: The solar array at the Australian Defence Satellite Communications Station near Geraldton, Western Australia, under construction.

Minister for Defence Christopher Pyne said the site was 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,” Mr 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.”

Minister for the Environment Melissa Price 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,” she said.

“This solar-power facility is expected to save taxpayers up to $500,000 per year in electricity costs.”

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