Solar Energy in Action

If you love seeing solar technologies in action then there's no better place than Alice Springs! In addition to the small and large scale solar energy projects that were installed as part of the Alice Solar City project, Alice Springs is also home to a world class solar energy demonstration facility and many residents and businesses have installed solar pv outside of our programs.

Google Maps Solar Trail

 You can now view our solar trail as an on line interactive map.

Open the Alice Springs Solar Trail in Google maps

You can also download a print friendly solar trail map and guide to help you to navigate your way around Alice Springs solar energy installations.


Solar PV in Alice Springs

Here is an estimate of the total installed Solar PV in Alice Springs:

Residential Installation totals in Alice Springs   
ASC BP Solar residential installations   532 kW
Other residential systems (estimate including pending) 800 kW
Commercial installations in Alice Springs  
ASC Solar Commercial systems 411 kW
Solar Schools funded systems   87 kW
Other commercial systems (estimate) 214 kW
Iconic and other major installations in Alice Springs  
Crowne Plaza Iconic Project                                    304 kW
Alice Springs Airport Iconic Project 235 kW
Uterne Solar Power Station Iconic Project 969 kW
Araluen Art Centre Solar Power System Iconic Project 180 kW
Desert Knowledge Australia Solar Centre 219 kW
TOTAL estimated grid connect PV in Alice Springs   3,951 kW


See below for more details on some of these installations.  Check back regularly as more installations are completed.

Iconic and Large Scale Installations



Commissioned in July 2011, Uterne is Australia's largest tracking solar power station.

the Solar Compass at DKA Solar Centre

Desert Knowledge Australia Solar Centre

Desert Knowledge Precinct, South Stuart Highway

Self-guided walk and interactive displays on-site

Performance data Available via the DKA Solar Centre website - click here

Aerial view of Crowne Plaza Alice Springs PV system

Crowne Plaza Alice Springs

The Crowne Plaza Iconic solar system is a 304kW flat plate installation, located at Crowne Plaza, Barrett Drive, Alice Springs.

There is an information display inside foyer, and performance data is available via the DKA Solar Centre website - click here

Artist's impression of the Airport's SolFocus array

Alice Springs Airport iconic project

Officially launched 4th November 2010, our 2nd iconic project is located at the  Alice Springs Airport and consists of a 235kW Solfocus tracking array.

A touchscreen pod has been installed in the foyer of the airport, and includes live performance data.

Alice Springs Aquatic and Leisure Centre

Alice Springs’ most abundant and free resource is now heating four of the pools at the new Alice Springs Aquatic and Leisure Centre via 275 Helicol solar panels installed on its roof.  Read more here


Araluen Cultural Precinct

The Araluen Arts Centre hosts a 162kW solar PV system that will help meet the power needs of the facility. It is the 5th and final Alice Solar City iconic project.


 Selected Commercial Installations

For a full list of solar PV projects supported in the commercial sector, click here

 GGS 20kW small business PV system  

GGS Glass & Aluminium

20kW Suntec system, roof mount, grid connect

GGS Glass & Aluminium, Smith St, Ciccone

 View of 12kW solar system at Mt Nancy Motel, Alice Springs  

 Mt Nancy Motel

12kW BP Solar system, roof mount, grid connect

Mt Nancy Motel, Stuart Highway, Braitling


Alice Motor Inn

4.95kW BP solar system, roof mount, grid connect

Alice Motor Inn, Undoolya Rd, East Side

Performance data is available via the SMA Sunny Portal - click here


National Pioneer Women's Hall of Fame

5.4kW Suntec solar system, roof mount, grid connect

Stuart Terrace, Alice Springs



Olive Pink Botanic Garden

4.95kW BP solar system, roof mount, grid connect

Tuncks Road, Alice Springs

PV System on Alice Springs Town Council Civic Centre

 Alice Springs Town Council

 The Alice Springs Town Council Civic Centre now hosts three solar systems - a 3.3kW solar PV system over the entrance to the reception area, a 19.4kW system on the roof of the Andy McNeil Room and a 44.8kW system on the Depot.

Performance data available via the SMA Web Box - click here and here  here