Off grid solar energy an economic benefit to mining companies


 Off-Grid Renewables for Mining: Energy Price Certainty  Sourceable, By: Blair Walter 8 Nov 13 Renewable energy is becoming accepted as an important energy supply for large electricity consumers worldwide. In particular, the mining sector offers significant opportunities to both mine operators and renewable energy developers. 

Of the 400 operating mine sites in Australia, 170 are either off-grid or connected to a smaller distribution network and needing to supply their own electricity. Natural gas and diesel dominate as fuel supplies for electricity generation and other energy uses. Rising prices of both of these fuels are leading mining companies to consider alternatives.

In South Africa, reliability of electricity supply has been a major issue for the mining sector, with electricity shortages in 2008 severely impacting operations and financial performance at a number of mine sites. The South African Government is addressing electricity supply issues through a renewable energy procurement programme….

Renewable energy, and…

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Southern Co. May Bid On Ga. Solar Project

CBS Atlanta

ATLANTA (AP) — A wing of the Southern Co. is considering building new solar energy facilities in Georgia.

Southern Power has informed Georgia officials that it may bid to provide solar power to utility company Georgia Power. Both firms are subsidiaries of the Atlanta-based Southern Co.

Earlier this year, utility regulators required that Georgia Power add 525 megawatts of solar energy to an electric grid that serves nearly 2.4 million customers.

Atlanta Tea Party Patriots co-founder Debbie Dooley said she wants assurance that Georgia Power will not favor a bid from a member of its parent corporation.

State regulators will require that Southern Power and others bidder file their proposals through an independent evaluator who is not employed by Southern Co. The system is intended to prevent conflicts of interest.

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You Cannot Stop Progress

Horan and Bird's Inside Scoop

Don’t be the last house in the street to get solar?  In fact so many houses and businesses are starting to get rejected by Australia’s major electricity utilities that customers and solar installers around the country are now asking serious questions.  “Australia’s major electricity utilities are acting to brake or even halt the rapid uptake of solar PV – pushing for higher network charges, refusing connections and downsizing rooftop proposals.”  (Renew Economy 2013)

Australia’s largest retailers have concerns for their future share prices as solar is taking serious market share throughout the country. Furthermore, retailers are being forced to raise prices rapidly to counter this while trying to make the same profits with fewer customers and less demand for grid power.  What email did to Australia Post with stamps and letters, solar is doing to energy retailers.  This is why the removal of the carbon tax will not make a…

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November 12 Energy News

Current news in the energy industry.



¶   “The $523 Billion In Fossil Fuel Subsidies Is Money We’re Not Spending On Renewables” One of the hardest problems in halting climate change is the way countries continue to subsidize the problem, and the problem is fossil fuels. [Co.Exist]

¶   “Quebec holds the answer to Ontario’s power problems” A plan to increase nuclear power generation would cost twice as much as what Quebec is selling: clean, renewable power for right now. [Toronto Star]

Science and Technology:

¶   A recent breakthrough from and the DOE’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory could spark U.S. solar manufacturing when the approach hits the assembly line next year. The approach simplifies manufacture and lowers costs. [Energy Tribune]


¶   Nicaragua is what many experts call a paradise of renewable energies. The country has extensive geothermal resources, resulting from its large volcanic chain and seismic activity, with excellent exposure to the wind and sun and…

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About solar PV.

What is  a solar panel?

Solar panels are devices that convert light into electricity. They are called “solar” panels for the reason that most of the time, the most powerful source of light available is the Sun.

“PV cells are made from layers of semi-conducting material, usually silicon. When light shines on the cell it creates an electric field across the layers. The stronger the sunshine, the more electricity is produced. Groups of cells are mounted together in panels or modules that can be mounted on your roof.

The power of a PV cell is measured in kilowatts peak (kWp). That’s the rate at which it generates energy at peak performance in full direct sunlight during the summer. PV cells come in a variety of shapes and sizes. Most PV systems are made up of panels that fit on top of an existing roof, but you can also fit solar tiles.”

The video below demonstrates how solar energy works. 

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