solar project is
The Bulman Solar Power Station is the first of two such facilities
to installed as part of the Northern Territory Power and Water
Corporation’s NT Solar PV Commercialisation Pilot
Project. Bulman has an installed solar capacity of
56kWp. A further 225kWp is to be installed at Kings Canyon,
making this Australia’s biggest flat plate solar photovoltaic
The aims of the project are to reduce diesel fuel consumption,
lower greenhouse gas emission levels and reduce the cost of
power generation. The diesel-fuelled power stations in remote
communities of the Northern Territory are among the most favourable
locations for the introduction of renewable energy systems.
Bulman is a remote Aboriginal community in the tropical zone,
whereas Kings Canyon is a large resort in a national park
in the arid zone. These differences will help demonstrate
the prospects for future solar systems under different climatic
and load profile conditions across the Territory. Both sites
will expose this innovative technology to locals and visitors
alike, thereby helping to promote sustainable energy principles
in the wider community.
The project is jointly funded by Power and Water, the Northern
Territory Government and the Australian Greenhouse office.
The project's information
package (dated Jan 2002) is available here for downloading
as an Adobe Acrobat pdf file (910kb).
The reasons for this project and the basics of the 1/3rd Peak
Lopping Principle are explained on the background page, whereas
a list of the parties involved can be found on the participants
The most favourable locations for renewable energy are the
diesel-fuelled power stations in remote communities of the
Northern Territory. Accordingly, the Power And Water Corporation
has made a commitment to install PV systems at Bulman and
Kings Canyon (click on the names for detailed site information).
These locations were selected because of their differences
and also their similarities.
Bulman is a remote Aboriginal community (160 kW maximum demand)
in the tropical zone, whereas Kings Canyon is a large resort
in a national park (650 kW maximum demand) in the arid zone.
These differences will demonstrate for future commercial projects
the prospects for hybrid solar/diesel systems under different
climatic and load profile conditions across the Territory.
The Kings Canyon site will expose this innovative arid-zone
technology to thousands of visitors to the national park every
year, thereby helping promote sustainable energy principles
to the wider community.
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