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DKASC, Alice Springs

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Manufacturer Calyxo
Array Rating 5.4kW
PV Technology CdTe
Array Structure Fixed: Ground Mount
Installed 2010

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Current Output

Cadmium Telluride thin-film array, fixed ground-mount.

Cadmium Telluride (CdTe) replaces silicon as the active photovoltaic material in these modules. The modules are manufactured in an innovative production process where the active photovoltaic layer is deposited under atmospheric pressure.

CdTe modules have a lower efficiency compared to crystalline silicon modules, and as a result a greater number of modules are required for a given output. However, the simpler production process of CdTe modules results in lower module costs compared to crystalline silicon modules.

These PV modules are expected to perform well in the climate of Alice Springs due to the material characteristics of CdTe.

Calyxo is a German based manufacturer of photovoltaic modules.

Array Rating 5.4kW
Number Of Panels 108
Panel Type CX-50
Array Area 77.76 m²
Type Of Tracker N/A
Inverter Size / Type 6kW, SMA SMC 6000A
Installation Completed Mon, 1 Mar 2010
Array Tilt/Azimuth Tilt = 20, Azi = 0 (Solar North)

Notes on the Data

  1. Monitoring Interruption for UPS Battery Replacement

    The disconnection and re-connection of the solar arrays and weather station equipment while a new site connection was being established prompted the already flattening UPS batteries which power the site’s energy meters to fail and require immediate replacement. Data recording was affected from approximately 2.30pm ACST, Monday 10 July to 4.00pm, Wednesday 12 July.

    Affects weather data for DKASC, Alice Springs


    Wed, 12 Jul 2017

  2. Partial System Outage

    One of the major switchboards at the DKASC lost power yesterday 01/12/2016 at ~11:00 am. This isolated and shutdown array sites 23 through to 37 inclusive. The switchboard was re-energised at ~16:30 today (02/12/2016) and is again operating normally. Data for this period for these sites is lost.


    Fri, 2 Dec 2016