AusBN – Construction is due to start on a A$40 million solar power plant at the DeGrussa copper and gold mine near Perth, Australia.
The project will become Australia’s largest off-grid project and work on it is due to be completed next year.
More than 34,000 solar panels will be used at the plant and construction of the project will be overseen by juwi.
The Clean Energy Finance Corporation has committed $15 million to the project alongside Australian Renewable Energy Agencies’ $20.9 million and Neoen who are contributing the rest of the funds needed.
Sandfire, who owns the mine where the solar project will be based, has committed less than $1 million towards the project.
Sandfire managing director Karl Simich said: “We identified some time ago that solar power presented an exciting opportunity for us to participate in a low-risk renewable energy initiative at DeGrussa.
“We have no doubt that this project has the potential to be an Australian and possibly a world first — establishing DeGrussa as a reference site for the use of off-grid solar and battery storage technology in the mining industry.”