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DKASC, Alice Springs

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Manufacturer First Solar
Array Rating 5.6kW
PV Technology CdTe
Array Structure Fixed: Ground Mount
Installed 2013

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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. This is a thin-film technology where the active photovoltaic material is deposited in a thin layer on the panel’s glass substrate. The manufacture of CdTe thin-film panels is a simpler and faster process than for other thin-films, and less photoelectric material is consumed in their production than for crystalline silicon technology, leading to lower manufacturing costs.

In the laboratory, CdTe modules have achieved efficiencies comparable to crystalline silicon modules. All solar technologies produce less power as their operating temperature rises, but CdTe thin film technologies reduce half as much as crystalline silicon technologies in hot conditions.

First Solar is a global business that manufactures, engineers, procures and constructs utility scale photovoltaic plants, and provides operation and maintenance services for these plants in Australia and internationally.

Array Rating 5.6kW
Number Of Panels 64
Panel Type First Solar FS-387
Array Area 46.08 m²
Type Of Tracker N/A
Inverter Size / Type 6 kW, SMA SMC 6000
Installation Completed Wed, 6 Feb 2013
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