SunPower based solar power system completed in the Pilbara  

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SunPower has announced it has completed a 505-kilowatt solar power installation for Horizon Power at two sites (Marble Bar and Nullagine) in the east Pilbara region of Western Australia. The system is the largest solar tracking system in Australia and powers the world's first hybrid solar-diesel power stations. The plant will generate around 1,048 megawatt hours of solar energy per year.

The T20 Tracker system used follows the sun's movement during the day, increasing sunlight capture by up to 30 percent over conventional systems and significantly reducing land use requirements.

According to The Climate Spectator, the plant employs flywheel technology developed by PowerCorp that is used to smooth the energy from the solar panels and stabilise power quality between the diesel power station and the solar farm.

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