The fixed-tilt arrays make up the majority of PV panels in the Gatton Solar Research Facility.

It comprises of three identical 630 kW systems: the west array, the centre array and the east array.

While the fixed-tilt array is the largest of the three PV technologies, it falls behind both the dual axis and single-axis arrays for energy/installed capacity as shown in the figure below.

There are considerably more fixed-tilt panels installed at Gatton than tracking arrays.
Aerial view of fixed-tilt arrays.
Gatton PV Pilot Plant Array Comparison 19-03-15.


Site name UQ Gatton Campus
Building / location Gatton Solar Research Facility – Fixed Tilt axis array
Suburb / city Gatton QLD, 4343
Nominal DC output 2077.65 kWp
Module area 15,746.4 m2
Start-up date 27/03/2015
Visible on Live Data display Yes
Date connected to display 22/02/2015
Site longitude 152°20'14.1"E
Site latitude 27°33'41.5"S
Height above sea level 88 m
Time zone AEST
Type of installation Ground mounted
Tracking system No tracking system
Tilt 20°
Orientation 3° W of N
Module make & model First Solar FS-395-PLUS (95W)
Module technology Cadmium telluride
Module size 1,200 x 600mm
Number of modules 21,600 (3 x 7200)
Inverter make & model SMA Sunny Central 720CP XT
Number of inverters 3 x 720kWp capped at 630kWp output