Off grid solar energy an economic benefit to mining companies

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 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….

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