A 10MW solar plant with 6MW of battery storage at Sandfire Resources' DeGrussa Copper-Gold Mine in Western Australia is demonstrating the significant potential for off-grid renewables in regional and remote Australia.
The DeGrussa project is a unique combination of an off-grid high capacity solar power array, fully integrated with an existing diesel-fired power station.
The $40 million project involves 34,080 solar PV panels using single axis tracking technology, covering over 20 hectares near the mine site.
The solar facility which was commissioned and achieved full generational capacity in June 2016, is designed to provide the majority of Sandfire's daytime electricity requirements, offsetting about 5 million litres of diesel fuel per annum and abating over 12,000 tonnes of CO2-e annually.
The project is owned by leading French renewable energy firm Neoen, with juwi Renewable Energy responsible for the project development, EPC and O&M. Perth-based surveying and infrastructure construction company OTOC Limited constructed the plant.
The CEFC committed $15 million in debt finance to the project, which also received $20.9 million in recoupable funding from the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA).
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