Aggreko builds solar, storage project at Australian gold mine
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UK mobile power company Aggreko plc (LON:AGK) has completed what it claims to be one of the biggest renewable energy microgrids in the world, combining solar power and energy storage at a gold mine in Western Australia.
At the Granny Smith gold mine of South Africa-based company Gold Fields Ltd (JSE:GFI), Aggreko has installed over 20,000 solar modules and a 2 MW/1 MWh battery storage system.Once it reaches full operation, it will lower the fuel consumption at the mine by 10% to 13%.
The installation is integrated with Aggreko's 27.3-MW natural gas-fired power station at the mine. The combined output is 18 GWh and the emissions saved are estimated to be about 9,500 tonnes of carbon dioxide (CO2) equivalent per year.
"Demand for decentralised energy solutions has skyrocketed over the past few years as companies look past the grid for power solutions to help them meet their unique needs," said George Whyte, Aggreko’s AusPac Managing Director.