EDL to add 4 MW of solar, storage to Rio Tinto mine in Queensland

Source: Rio Tinto

September 20 (Renewables Now) - Anglo-Australian mining group Rio Tinto Plc (LON:RIO) has contracted EDL to expand an existing solar installation at its Weipa bauxite mines in Queensland by adding 4 MW solar power generating capacity and 4 MW/4 MWh of battery storage.

EDL will build, own and operate the new facilities, with plans to complete them by late 2022. The same firm owns and operates the existing 1.6-MW solar farm at Weipa, which was finalised in 2015.

“The new solar farm and battery storage at Weipa will help us lower our carbon footprint and diesel use in a reliable way,” said Michelle Elvy, general manager of Rio Tinto’s Aluminium Pacific Bauxite Operations.

Once up and running, the new solar park and batteries will provide some 11 GWh of electricity a year. Rio Tinto Weipa Operations will buy power from EDL, while the new solar plant will be hooked directly to the Weipa electricity network.

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