Alice Springs Airport Powers on with PV

The Alice Springs Airport has just completed construction of its third solar PV system, bringing the airports total generating capacity to more than 800kW and making the airport almost self-sufficient in its power needs.

Alice Springs Airport Concentrating Solar PV System

Alice Springs Airport Concentrating Solar PV System

The first solar arrays were built on 28 solar tracking arrays near the airport in 2010 as part of the Alice Springs Solar City project. Another 996 photovoltaic panels (320kW) were installed last year as part of stage two on structures creating shade in the airport’s long-term carpark, winning Alice Springs the 2014 Australian Airport of the Year award for its pioneering solar project.

The latest stage, an innovative $1.9 million project completed in December 2015 saw 2004 photovoltaic panels (329kW) installed on top of 198 shaded long-term parking spots, increasing the airport’s total generating capacity to about 85% of total demand, says the airport’s General Manager, Dave Batic.

“This pioneering project matches Alice Springs’ 350 days of sunshine a year and the airport’s abundant land to pioneer a project that will reduce our power bills and our carbon footprint,” Mr Batic said.

“We would like to think we have led the way for corporate solar projects in the Territory but also for airports around the world,” said Mr Ian Kew, Chief Executive Officer of Northern Territory Airports.

CAT Projects has worked closely with NT Airports on the development of all three stages of work, and for the stages two and three helped develop the works from concept through to execution, undertaking all of the front-end engineering and design work, tender preparation and contract management and acting as Superintendent for the installations. Alice Springs based Sitzler Brothers undertook the installation works.

CAT Projects project managed the installation, completing detailed system design, including all structural and electrical engineering, and managed the procurement process, preparing all tender documentation and assessing bids received. CAT Projects provided installation supervision for the three months of installation, working with a range of sub-contractors.

Key activities:

  • Feasibility study including preliminary system design;
  • Economic modelling;
  • Detailed system design, including all electrical and structural engineering;
  • Preparation of procurement documentation and assessment of bids;
  • Project management of installation