SunPower to expand Aussie PV array

Developer Epuron has tapped PV manufacturer SunPower to increase to 4.1MW the 1MW Uterne solar plant in Alice Springs, in Australia's Northern Territory.

Australia’s Clean Energy Finance Corporation (CEFC) is providing an A$13m ($12.1m) loan for the expansion, expected to be completed in 2015.

Epuron acquired the initial project from SunPower after the latter developed and constructed it in October 2012.

SunPower – US-based and majority-owned by French oil giant Total – has now been contracted to design and build the expansion.

A power purchase agreement (PPA) is in place with Northern Territory's Power and Water Corporation (PWC), which will also purchase the electricity produced by the expansion.