31 Mar '14, 3pm

Solar Energy Set to Provide Power for Australia’s Mining Industry

Solar Energy Set to Provide Power for Australia’s Mining Industry

The company expects to develop as much as 200 megawatts of capacity for the mining industry over the next three years, Jack Curtis, First Solar’s Sydney-based vice president of business development for the Asia-Pacific, said in a phone interview. The Tempe, Arizona-based company plans to combinesolar power with diesel, he said. “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 solars offers,” Curtis said March 28. “We expect fairly shortly to announce some pretty exciting projects in that space.” The U.S. company is increasing efforts to install solar systems at industrial sites and warehouses as utilities demand smaller projects, and is seeking ...

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