Queensland mine gets 1 MW on-site power plant

A portable solar and diesel hybrid on-site power plant has been installed at a remote mine in Australia’s Queensland.

Development of the system by construction firm Laing O’Rourke marks the company’s first operational redeployable solar-diesel hybrid. It includes 144 KWp of solar PV and is supplying power to a 350-bed accommodation village in for a ‘large construction project’ in Queensland.

The Australian Renewable Energy Association (ARENA) supported to project, providing A$410,000 support for the feasibility and design work and a further A$450,000 for the A$1.4 million ($1 million) demonstration plant.

Commenting, ARENA CEO Ivor Frischknecht said: ‘The Laing O’Rourke solution is a real game-changer – it provides off-grid locations with available energy alternative to a portion of expensive, trucked-in diesel and overcomes the barriers and risks associated with permanent, fixed framed solar installations. The plant can be scaled up or down by adding or removing power modules and can be packed up and moved elsewhere when it is no longer needed.’

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