White Cliffs Solar Power Station, 1981-2005

From Engineering Heritage New South Wales


This station was designed and built in 1981 by Australian National University researchers with M$1.9 funding from the NSW Government.

Fourteen tracking parabolic dishes of 5 metres diameter concentrated the sun onto thermal absorbers to heat water.

The steam produced powered a reciprocating engine & generator. As the electricity was sold to the community, this was arguably the World's first commercial solar power station.

In 1997 the station was converted to a concentrating photovoltaic system and ceased generating in January 2005.


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Engineering Heritage Recognition Program

Marker Type Historic Engineering Marker (HEM)
Award Date 9-15 June 1992 ??? (Plaquing Date)
Prominent People
Nomination Document Available here
Ceremony Booklet MISSING
Interpretation Panel MISSING???
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