The CSIRO has appointed Perth-based Energy Made Clean Solar Construction to engineer, procure and construct a 1.6 megawatt solar power station at its Murchison Radio-astronomy Observatory 370 kilometres from Geraldton in Western Australia.

The solar power station will comprise more than 6,000 solar panels and a custom-built inverter room, designed to protect the radio telescopes from interference and to preserve its quiet environment.

It is expected to be completed by the end of 2015.

The Murchison Radio-astronomy Observatory is precursor to the Square Killometre Array project being built by Australia and South Africa. When complete in 2020, it will be the largest radio telescope ever constructed.