So­lar coup for mine

Townsville Bulletin - - NEWS -

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.

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