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DKASC, Alice Springs

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Manufacturer SunPower
Array Rating 5.805kW
PV Technology mono-Si
Array Structure Fixed: Ground Mount
Installed 2009

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Current Output

Back-contact monocrystalline silicon array, fixed ground-mount.

SunPower back-contact monocrystalline panels incorporate design improvements that lead to high efficiency performance. Because they convert sunlight with a greater efficiency, fewer panels are needed for a given output.

High efficiency cells are often used where space is limited, or where there are high costs associated with installing large arrays.

One feature that increases the efficiency of these panels is their reverse junction design. Metal contacts have been moved to the back of the silicon layer, leaving more of the photovoltaic material exposed to sunlight.

Other developments that have led to high efficiencies in a generalist panel are shaping the cells so they can be tiled closely, increasing the number of cells in a panel so that an array will have less frames, and using anti-reflective glass over the cells.

SunPower is a global corporation that designs and manufactures high-efficiency solar panels for general applications, and implements large and small scale installations.

Array Rating 5.805kW
Panel Rating 215W
Number Of Panels 27
Panel Type SunPower SPR-215-WHT-I
Array Area 33.6 m²
Type Of Tracker N/A
Inverter Size / Type 6 kW, SMA SMC 6000A
Installation Completed Thu, 26 Nov 2009
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