Database: Solar & wind systems in the mining industry

The plant database contains wind and solar power plants that are somehow linked to mining sites. This could be solar power plants that were built on former mining sites, which are not operational anymore. It could be large scale power plants that sell via the grid the majority of their electricity to a mine. The main objective of the plant database however is to show renewable energy plants that are located directly at the mine and that provide their electricity to the mine. The power plant could be owned by the mine itself or by third parties who sell the power or lease / rent the power plant to the mining company. Register for our NEWSLETTER to be updated about new plants.

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(c) and courtesy of Swan Energy
(c) and courtesy of Swan Energy

Application: Mining (lithium mine)

Country: Australia

Location: Mount Cattlin

Renewable Energy: Wind & Solar

Type: wind-solar-diesel-hybrid

RE-capacity: 110 kWp solar & 6.4 kW wind

Status: commissioned in 2011

Operated by: Galaxy Resources

Installer / EPC: Swan Energy

Inverters:

Hybrid-controllers:

Modules/turbines:

Comment: mine was closed in 2013; supported by Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA)

 

Source: ABC

Solar energy

Sandfire Resources' DeGrussa mine with PV array from JuWi (c) JuWi
Sandfire Resources' DeGrussa mine with PV array from JuWi (c) JuWi

Application: Mining (copper and gold mine)

Country: Australia

Location: DeGrussa Copper/Gold Mine 

Renewable energy: PV

Type: PV-diesel-hybrid

RE-capacity: 10.6 MWp

Storage: 6MW / 1.5MWh from ABB with lithium-ion battery from Samsung SDI

Status: commissioned in June 2016

Operated by: JuWi (owned by French IPP Neoen)

Installer / EPC: JuWi constructed by OTOC

Comment: PPA from Sandfire Resources for only six years; supported by Australian government's Clean Energy Finance Corporation (CEFC) and partly through a grant from the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA).

 

Source: pv magazine

Weipa mine (c) Rio Tinto Alcan
Weipa mine (c) Rio Tinto Alcan

Application: Mining (bauxite mine)

Country: Australia

Location: Weipa

Renewable Energy: PV

Type: PV-diesel-hybrid

RE-capacity: 1.7 MWp

Status: commissioned in 2015

Operated by: TAG / Ingenero / First Solar with 15 year PPA from Rio Tinto Alcan

Installer / EPC: TAG / Ingenero / First Solar

Inverters: SMA

Hybrid-controller: SMA

Modules: First Solar

Comment: retrofitted into existing diesel generation; extension to 6.7 MWp PV + storage under discussion

 

Source: pv-magazine

(c) and courtesy of Cronimet Mining Power Solutions SA (Pty) Ltd.
(c) and courtesy of Cronimet Mining Power Solutions SA (Pty) Ltd.

Application: mining (chromium ore mine)

Country: South Africa

Location: North Western Bushveld Complex, Limpopo Province

Renewable energy: PV
Type: PV-diesel-hybrid

RE-capacity: 1 MWp

Status: Commissioned in 2012

Operated by: Cronimet Mining Power Solutions SA (Pty) Ltd.

Installer / EPC: Cronimet Mining Power Solutions SA (Pty) Ltd., formerly Solea Renewables (Pty) Ltd.

Inverters: SMA

Hybrid-controlllers: SMA

Modules: Jinko

Comment: PV-diesel hybrid solution achieves 60% PV penetration of the existing diesel genset mini-grid requiring no energy storage

 

Source: pv-magazine

(c) Redavia Solar
(c) Redavia Solar

Application: Mining (gold mine)

Country: Tanzania

Location: New Luika Gold Mine

Renewable Energy: PV

Type: PV-diesel-hybrid

RE-capacity: 63 kWp

Status: commissioned in 2014

Operated by: Shanta Gold 

Installer / EPC: Redavia Solar

Inverters: SMA

Hybrid-controllers:

Modules/turbines: Renesola

Comment: Plans to extend the plant to 1 MWp

Source: Redavia Solar

Barrick's Goldstrike mine (c) Stellar Energy
Barrick's Goldstrike mine (c) Stellar Energy

Application: Mining (gold mine)

Country: USA

Location: McCarran, NV

Renewable energy: PV

Type: auxiliary power

RE-capacity: 1.51 MWp

Commissioning: 2008

Operated by: Barrick Gold Corporation 

Installer / EPC: Stellar Energy

Inverters: Satcon

Modules: Sharp

Comment: built due to legislational requirements, delivers electricity to the mine's natural gas power plant

 

Source: Stellar Energy

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Application: Mining

Country: Turkey

Location: Kayseri, Cappadocia

Renewable energy: PV

Type: ?

RE-capacity: 2 MWp

Commissioning: 2014

Operated by: Ozkoyuncu Mining Co. (?)

Installer / EPC: Else Enerji

Inverters: 

Modules: Hanwha

Comment: MORE INFORMATION ABOUT THIS PLANT NEEDED! THANKS FOR YOUR FEEDBACK!

 

Source: Hanwha Solar

Los Pelambres Mine (c) Antofagasta Minerals
Los Pelambres Mine (c) Antofagasta Minerals

Application: Mining (copper mine)

Country: Chile

Location: Javiera, Atacama Region

Renewable Energy: PV

Type: on-grid with PPA from mine

RE-capacity: 69.5 MWp

Status: planed for 2015

Operated by: SunEdison

Installer / EPC: SunEdision

Inverters:

Modules/turbines: SunEdison

Comment: SunEdison delivers electricity to Los Pelambres Mine (Antofagasta Minerals) for 20 years. TerraForm Power, an owner and operator of solar power plants, intends to purchase the project after it becomes operational in 2015

 

Source: Energías renovables

 

Application: Mining (nickel ore mine)

Country: Australia

Location: West Leinster

Renewable Energy: PV

Type: hybrid-pv-diesel-gas

RE-capacity: 300 kWp

Status: commissioned in 2013

Operated by: BHP Billiton

Installer / EPC: Solarchoice

Inverters:

Hybrid-controllers:

Modules/turbines:

Comment: Mine was closed in 2013

 

Source: Solarchoice

Chuquicamata mine (c) Coldeco
Chuquicamata mine (c) Coldeco

Application: Mining (copper mine)

Country: Chile

Location: Chuquicamata

Renewable Energy: PV

Type: grid-connected

RE-capacity: 6.48 kWp

Status: commissioned 2014

Operated by:  Codelco

Installer / EPC: IM2

Inverters: SolarMax

Modules/turbines: Yingli

Comment:

 

Source: pv-magazine

PV plant Pozo Almonte (c) Solarpack
PV plant Pozo Almonte (c) Solarpack

Application: Mining (copper mine)

Country: Chile

Location: Pozo Almonte, Tarapacá

Renewable energy: PV

Type: on grid with PPA from mine

RE-capacity: 25.4 MWp

Status: commissioned in 2014

Operated by: Solarpack

Installer / EPC:  Solarpack

Inverters: Greenpower

Modules: Yingli

Comment: PPA from Compañía Minera Doña Inés de Collahuasi SCM

 

Source: pv magazine Latinoamérica

Rosebel Gold Mine, Suriname (c) Rosebel Gold Mines
Rosebel Gold Mine, Suriname (c) Rosebel Gold Mines

Application: Mining (gold mine)

Country: Suriname

Location: District Brokpond

Renewable energy: PV

Type: on grid with PPA from mine

RE-capacity: 5 MWp

Status: construction started 2014

Operated by: Rosebel Gold Mines N.V. (IAMGOLD Corp.)

Installer / EPC: Renewable Energy Resources Corporation / WTEC

Inverters: 

Modules: ET Solar

Comment: on-grid, electicity to be consumed by mine

 

Source: The Daily Harald

Gabriela Mistral mine (c) Coldeco
Gabriela Mistral mine (c) Coldeco

Application: Mining (copper mine)

Country: Chile

Location: Sierra Gorda

Renewable Energy: Solar thermal

Type: process heat

Renewable energy capacity: 27.5 MWth

Status: commissioned 2013

Operated by: Pampa Elvira Solar selling heat to Codelco

Installer / EPC: Energy Llaima SpA; Sunmark A/S

Modules/turbines: Sunmark A/S

Comment: covers more than 80% of the heat used to refine copper

 

Source: Solarthermal World

CSP plant - (c) Abegoa Solar
CSP plant - (c) Abegoa Solar

Application: Mining open pit (gold, copper, molybdenum)

Country: Chile

Location: El Tesoro

Renewable Energy: CSP

Type: process heat

RE- capacity: 10 MWth

Status: commissioned 2012

Operated by: Minera El Tesoro

Installer / EPC: Abengoa

Inverters:

Modules/turbines: 1,280 PT-1 solar thermal collector modules

Comment:

 

Source: Abengoa Solar

Kriel colliery - (c) SolarPower Africa
Kriel colliery - (c) SolarPower Africa

Application: Mining (coal mine)

Country: South Africa

Location: Kriel colliery

Renewable Energy: PV

Type: grid-connected

RE- capacity: 240 kWp

Status: commissioned 2013

Operated by: Anglo American

Installer / EPC: SolarPower Africa

Inverters: ABB

Modules/turbines: ET Solar

Comment:

 

Source: Engineering News

Application: mining open pit (gold, copper, molybdenum)

Country: Chile

Location: El Tesoro

Renewable Energy: CPV

Type: local grid

RE-capacity: 64 kWp

Status: commissioned 2013

Operated by: Minera El Tesoro (MET) and Soitec Solar

Installer / EPC: Soitec Solar

Inverters:

Modules/turbines: Concentrix

Comment:

 

Source: pv-tech

Calama power plant (c) Solarpack
Calama power plant (c) Solarpack

Application: mining (open-cast mine)

Country: Chile

Location: Calama, Atacama Desert

Renewable energy: PV

Type: on-grid with PPA from mine

RE-capacity: 1.1 MWp

Status: commissioned in 2012

Operated by: Solarpack

Installer / EPC: Solarpack with PPA from Codelco

Inverters: Greenpower

Modules: Suntech, First Solar, Solaria, Q-Cells

Comment: grid-connected, financed without subsidies

 

Source: Solarplaza and Solarpack

Amanecer power plant (c) Sunedison
Amanecer power plant (c) Sunedison

Application: grid-connected, but mainly for mining (iron ore)

Country: Chile

Location: Copiapo, Atacama Desert, Amanacer power plant

Renewable energy: PV

Type: on-grid with PPA from mine

RE-capacity: 100 MWp

Status: commissioned in 2014

Operated by: SunEdison with PPA from CAP Group

Installer / EPC: SunEdison

Inverters:

Modules: SunEdison

Comment: PV-plant is grid-connected with its own transmission line, covers 15% of the CAP Group's energy demand

 

Source: Opic

Andacollo (c) Jinko Solar
Andacollo (c) Jinko Solar

Application: Mining (gold mine)

Country: Chile

Location: Andacollo

Renewable Energy: PV

Type: on-grid

RE-capacity: 1.26 MWp

Status: commissioned in 2013

Operated by: Solairedirect

Installer / EPC: Solairedirect

Inverters: Schneider Electric

Modules/turbines: Jinko Solar

Comment: PPA at market price from Minera Dayton

 

Source: pv-magazine

(c) and City of Kimberley
(c) and City of Kimberley

Application: Mining

Country: Canada

Location: Kimberley, Sullivan Mine

Renewable Energy: PV

Type: on-grid

RE-capacity: initially 1 MWp

Status: commissioning  2015

Operated by: City of Kimberley

Installer / EPC: Conergy

Inverters: ABB

Modules/turbines: JA Solar

Comment: PV power plant on a reclaimed mine site owned by Teck Metals – the former industrial lands of the Sullivan Mine

 

Source: City of Kimberley

Tracker at Questa mine (c) Chevron
Tracker at Questa mine (c) Chevron

Application: Mining

Country: USA

Location: Questa, New Mexico

Renewable Energy: CPV

Type: on-grid

RE-capacity: 1 MWp

Status: commissioned in 2011

Operated by: Chevron

Installer / EPC:

Inverters:

Modules/turbines: Soitec

Comment: solar power on former mine waste disposal areas, no consumption of PV-electricity on mine

 

Source: Bloomberg

(c) Annex Power
(c) Annex Power

Application: Mining (gold mine)

Country: Lao

Location: 

Renewable Energy: PV

Type: off-grid

RE-capacity: 0.7 kWp

Status: 

Operated by: 

Installer / EPC: Annex Power

Inverters:

Modules/turbines: 

Comment: telecom repeater station for a mine

 

Source: Annex Power

Wind energy

 (c) and courtesy of Diavik Diamond Mines Inc.
(c) and courtesy of Diavik Diamond Mines Inc.

Application: Mining (diamond mine)

Country: Canada

Location: Lac de Gras, Northwest Territories

Renewable Energy: Wind

Type: off-grid, wind-diesel-hybrid

RE-capacity: 9.2 MW

Status: commissioned in 2012

Operated by: Diavik Diamond Mines Inc.

Installer / EPC: ENERCON Canada Inc.

Inverters:

Hybrid-controllers:

Modules/turbines: Enercon

Comment:  2013, diesel-reduction by 3.8 million litres and provided 8.5 % of the mine's power needs; 2014 half year: 2.5 million litres diesel reduction and 10.3 % power; Diavik Diamond Mine: joint venture between Rio Tinto and Dominion Diamond Corporation; $31 million investment fully funded by Rio Tinto and Dominion Diamond; payback estimated at 8 years

 

Source: Wind Power Monthly and Canwea

Veladero mine (c) Dewind
Veladero mine (c) Dewind

Application: Mining (gold mine)

Country: Argentina

Location: Veladero, San Juan

Renewable Energy: Wind

Type: wind-diesel-hybrid

RE-capacity: 2 MW

Status: commissioned in 2008

Operated by: Minera Argentina Gold SA (MAGSA) of Barrick Gold Corp

Installer / EPC: Seawind (RAME Energy)

Inverters:

Hybrid-controllers:

Modules/turbines: DeWind

Comment:

 

Source: BNAmericas

 

El Toqui wind park (c) Vergnet
El Toqui wind park (c) Vergnet

Application: Mining (zincgold mine)

Country: Chile

Location: El Toqui

Renewable Energy: Wind

Type: wind-hydro-diesel-hybrid

RE-capacity: 1.5 MW

Status: commissioned in 2011

Operated by: Seawind (RAME Energy) with PPA by Nyrstar

Installer / EPC: Vergnet

Inverters:

Hybrid-controllers:

Modules/turbines: Vergnet

Comment:

 

Source: ABB

(c) and courtesy of Glencore Raglan Mine
(c) and courtesy of Glencore Raglan Mine

Application: Mining (nickel mine)

Country: Canada

Location:  Katinniq, Ungava Peninsula, Nunavik

Renewable Energy: Wind

Type: off-grid, wind-diesel-hybrid

RE-capacity: 3 MW

Status: wind power plant commissioned in 2014, storage planed for 2015

Operated by: Glencore Raglan Mine

Installer / EPC: Tugliq Énergie / Enercon

Inverters:

Hybrid-controllers:

Modules/turbines: Enercon

Comment: wind turbine will replace about 5% of the mine’s diesel consumption. If the wind pilot is successful, Raglan Mine will consider installing additional wind turbines that could generate a total of 9MW to 12MW of energy

 

Source: Engerati

Los Pelambres mine(c) Antofagasta Minerals
Los Pelambres mine(c) Antofagasta Minerals

Application: Mining (copper mine)

Country: Chile

Location: El Arrayán, Región Metropolitana

Renewable Energy: Wind

Type: on-grid

RE-capacity: 115 MW

Status: commissioned in 2014

Operated by: Pattern Energy and Antofagasta Minerals

Installer / EPC: Pattern Energy / AEI Services LLC / Skanska Chile SA

Inverters:

Hybrid-controllers:

Modules/turbines: Siemens

Comment: 70% of the electricity for Los Pelambres copper mine,  El Arrayan will provide Los Pelambres with 20% of its energy needs

 

Source: Power Technology

Application: Mining (iron ore mine)

Country: Mauritania

Location:  Nouadhibou

Renewable Energy: Wind

Type: wind-diesel hybrid

RE-capacity: 4.4 MW

Status: commissioned 2012

Operated by: SNIM 

Installer / EPC: Valorem, Vergnet

Inverters:

Modules/turbines: Vergnet

Comment: energy for SNIM's iron ore mines

 

Source: France Diplomatie

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