Rio launches solar farm to power Queensland bauxite mine

By Myles McCormick
Published: Wednesday, 30 September 2015

Rio’s new solar plant paves the way for more widespread use of solar energy in mining, as the industry continues to grow, with a subsequent increase in demand for minerals and mineral compounds such as soda ash, silica sand, quartz and silicon carbide, all of which feature in solar panel manufacture.

Global mining giant Rio Tinto Plc has brought Australia’s first commercial diesel displacement solar plant into operation at its Weipa bauxite mine in Queensland, Australia.

The solar farm will generate electricity for the Weipa mine as well as processing facilities and the local township.

Electricity generated by its photovoltaic...

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