28 Sep '15, 3pm

Australia’s first commercial PV-diesel hybrid plant from First Solar begins operation

electricity generated from the solar plant will be used to reduce diesel usage at the Weipa bauxite mine's power stations, with an aim to save up to 600,000 litres of diesel per year. Credit: First Solar Australia’s first commercial solar plant used to displace diesel has commenced operation at mining giant Rio Tinto’s Weipa bauxite mine in Queensland. US-based PV manufacturer and developer First Solar’s 1.7MW capacity plant is expected to generate 2.8GWh of electricity each year. It will provide up to 20% of the daytime electricity demand of the remote mine’s township and processing facilities on the Western Cape York Peninsula in Queensland. The electricity generated from the solar plant will be used to reduce diesel usage at Weipa’s power stations, with an aim to save up to 600,000 litres of diesel per year. Rio Tinto signed a 15-year PPA with First Solar for the electr...

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