Gold Fields to install mega hybrid solar facility at Granny Smith
February 5th, 2019
Gold Fields’ Granny Smith gold mine is set to install one of the world’s largest renewable energy microgrids, powered by more than 20,000 solar panels and backed up by a 2 MW /1 MWh battery system.
The mining company has contracted mobile and modular power company Aggreko to design, build and operate the 8 MW solar power generation system along with the battery system at Granny Smith, which is located east of Laverton in Western Australia’s Goldfields region.
Gold Fields Executive Vice President Australasia, Stuart Mathews, said the renewable energy microgrid is part of Gold Fields’ vision of leadership in sustainable gold mining:
“We are thrilled to reach an agreement with Aggreko for the design, installation and operation of this innovative source of renewable energy which will generate nearly enough power to run the mine’s processing operations,” Mathews said.
“We expect the renewable power microgrid will be up and running at Granny Smith by Q4 2019 and it will be a welcome addition to our suite of on-site energy solutions across other operations which will enable us to reduce our carbon footprint,” he said.
Construction of the renewable energy system is planned to commence in May and, when completed, will be one of the world’s largest hybrid off-grid microgrids and integrated with Aggreko’s existing 24.2 MW natural gas generation. Read more…