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Industrial Solar Power Set to Bring Renewable Energy to the Mining Industry


NEW SOUTH WALES, Australia February, 2013 – Chile has this year become the first to introduce industrial solar power in the mining industry, with the commissioning of a 10MW solar thermal plant  for the Minera El Tesoro mine. The industrial solar technology has been specifically designed for industrial thermal processes and is expected to cut the use of diesel by 55 per cent.*

Chairman Greg Bourne of the newly established Australian Renewable Energy Agency has stated that the development of off-grid solar projects, particularly with remote and mining communities, is expected to be a central theme of the agency. According to Bourne there is a “huge opportunity” in the replacement of expensive diesel, both in remote and off-grid areas, and the fringe-of-grid areas.*

Managing Director of Australian industrial solar power company Solar Power Australia, Brett Sutherland says, “I believe there is huge potential for the use of solar power in the Australian mining industry. Basically anyone who operates a remote facility off the grid, or requires an uninterruptible power supply for utility connected equipment needs a reliable autonomous power system and expert technical support.”

Solar Power Australia offers integrated industrial and commercial solar solutions for a wide range of applications from large independent power plants to small telecommunication repeater stations. Some applications that they have used renewable energy for in the past include:
·         Telemetry and SCADA at mining sites
·         Construction site and surveillance lighting
·         Telecommunications applications
·         Traffic signals and lighting for roads and carparks
·         Instrumentation and obstruction lighting
·         Water pumping, level monitoring and pump control
·         Remote research facility operations, and
·         Power for cathodic protection systems.

The Australian industrial solar power forerunner has already designed and installed five dual redundancy solar power systems which operate the communications, control and safety equipment along the over 200 kilometres of Bonaparte Gas Pipeline in the Northern Territory, which is responsible for supplying a large portion of the state’s electricity.
Solar Power Australia has over 12 years of renewable energy experience in an industry full of ‘fly-by-night’  companies attempting to chase fast cash by riding the renewable energy bandwagon. While many solar companies have collapsed as quickly as they started Solar Power Australia has become one of Australia’s most trusted suppliers and integrators of sustainable and reliable renewable energy products. Brett Sutherland, Managing Director of Solar Power Australia says, “Our success is borne from the perfect combination of high quality efficiency products, custom solutions, and a team that are not only passionate about renewable energy, but also enthusiastic professionals with years of training and qualification behind them.”
Visit Solar Power Australia’s website at for more information on its industrial and commercial solar solutions.
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