DKA Solar Centre
Desert Knowledge Australia (DKA) has a long association with solar energy and expertise through the DKA Solar Centre.
The Solar Centre is the largest multi technology solar demonstration facility in the Southern Hemisphere, with technologies that span many types, ages, makes, models and configuration.
The Solar Centre is located at the Desert Knowledge Precinct in Alice Springs, a town with one of the country’s highest solar resources in an arid desert environment. Since its establishment as a Commonwealth-funded project in 2008, the Solar Centre has grown into a commercially self-sustaining establishment with over 40 installations built in collaboration with industry, commercial and research partners.
A true gem of Central Australia, the Solar Centre is globally recognised for its generation of extensive live and long-term data, available on its website. The data is used by researchers, developers and academics all over the world, and helps users understand how different solar technologies perform in a real-life setting. The data is invaluable when considering how the performance of solar technologies is affected by age and environmental factors.
The Solar Centre was an initiative of DKA and Ekistica. Ekistica has been involved with the Solar Centre since its inception and is engaged by DKA to operate and maintain the facility.