Mining group GMA garnet has commissioned Advanced Energy Resources to build an $8 million wind and solar farm to supply power to its facility at Port Gregory in WA.
The 3MW project will also include a 2.8MW battery inverter to smooth power delivery during periods of intermittent wind and cloudy weather.
GMA Garnet said the project would enable it to cut its carbon footprint by around 5000 tonnes of CO2 each year, and reduce input costs. Wind turbines have already arrived in Perth and work is epxected to begin in early 2019.
The mine is located 120 kilometres from the nearest substation and the company says the power supply is currently prone to frequent disruption.
AER, which already operates the 2.4MW Mt Barker windfarm in WA, said it expected to announce a number of new projects in coming weeks, also in the “embedded renewable” model.