31 Mar '14, 10am

[News] First Solar to build 200MW PV for mines in Australia

First Solar hopes to help mining firms cut their costs with solar power. Source: First Solar. First Solar has said it will develop a series of diesel-PV hybrid power plants for mines in remote parts of Australia, according to a media report. The thin-film module manufacturer and project developer told Bloomberg that mining firms in the country are looking to cut costs as profitability has fallen. “In an environment where profitability isn’t what it used to be, with the mining industry focused on cost control, the electricity that powers the mines is becoming a bigger line item, and the ability to put a dent in that and hedge against fuel price volatility is something that solar offers,” said Jack Curtis, VP of business development for First Solar in the Asia Pacific. Curtis added that project announcements in this sector were close. The company is targeting 200MW of solar ...

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