Remote off-grid systems: The mining industry creates the raw materials that make up the technologies powering the energy transition. For example, every megawatt of solar PV requires four metric tons of copper to build. Increasingly, these renewables are powering the mining operations that create their source material. However, transitioning the mining industry away from fossil fuels will require renewable developers to speak the language of miners, and to sell renewables on the value they provide beyond a lower cost of electricity.
The 10.6 MW solar and 6 MW storage system at the DeGrussa gold-copper mine in Western Australia is the largest off-grid solar and storage system powering a mining site. The system was developed by Neoen for the mine owner, Sandfire Resources.
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