Rio launches solar farm to power Queensland bauxite mine
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
Electricity generated by its photovoltaic...