Solar coup for mine
AUSTRALIA’s largest integrated off- the- grid solar power system will start up in 2016 at a copper mine in remote Western Australia. The 10.6 million mW station, part financed by government green loans, is expected to provide Sandfire Resources’ DeGrussa mine with 80 per cent of its daytime energy needs and slash carbon emissions by 12,000 tonnes a year. Construction on what will be one of the world’s largest integrated solar installations used to power a mine is due to begin late July. Sandfire’s chief operating officer Mike Spreadborough said the station will reduce reliance on diesel fuel.