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In 2008, six dual axis tracking solar photovoltaic systems were installed on King Island by a 3rd party, adding approximately 100 kW of renewable energy generation to the power station. In addition community owned distributed solar PV accounted for a further 377 kW at the end of 2013.

The use of solar power on King Island has several benefits:

  • to diversify the incoming renewable energy load such that power can potentially be generated from one power source (such as solar) when the other (wind) may not be generating and vice versa; and
  • to demonstrate how a variety of renewable energy technologies may operate in an integrated system.