Mine strikes gold with a reliable alternative to diesel
Traditionally, remote industries such as mining have relied on diesel generator facilities to power their infrastructure. However, environmental and economic concerns over this reliance on fossil fuels led to a search for an alternative to transported diesel.
The DeGrussa Gold and Copper Mine, which operates in an isolated area roughly 900 km north-east of Perth, was previously powered by a diesel generator facility. The introduction of NEXTracker’s solar solution has paved the way for one of the largest integrated solar installations in the country, providing peak power load to an essential local business.
The solar energy generated by NEXTracker’s self-powered rows is able to provide a clean, renewable and reliable alternative, helping supply the mine’s daytime electricity needs. Due to the energy production from NX Horizon solar trackers, the DeGrussa Mine now offsets 5 million litres of diesel fuel per year, contributing to a steady stream of clean energy and cost savings.
Along with the energy boost provided by NX Horizon’s 120° rotational tracking range, NEXTracker’s solution includes a self-powered drive system with integrated backup power. This allows for greater autonomy and cost savings compared to other trackers that require AC wiring. The company therefore offers a simplified, easy-to-construct solution for the secluded Australian mine.
Joining the growing number of mines powered by renewable energy, the Degrussa Copper and Gold Mine project is a prime example of how an established, industrial powerhouse such as the mining industry can benefit from renewable energy.