One of the first recipients of a A$1 million in financial backing from the Western Australian government’s Clean Energy Future Fund, Northern Star’s Carosue Dam gold mine has completed its 5.3-megawatt solar power project.

The state government office told The West Australian that the project northeast of Kalgoorlie-Boulder will not only generate clean power for the mine, but also reduce its emissions by ceasing natural gas and diesel use.

carosueThe system, installed by Nomadic Energy, is a Maverick mounting system from Australian company 5B that deploys solar panels in a concertina pattern that creates alternating east- and west-facing panels and is quicker and more cost-effective to deploy.

The state government told the paper that, during the placement’s final phase, Nomadic installed and commissioned 2 megawatts of generating capacity in under three weeks, including a record 600 kilowatt of solar capacity deployed in a single day by a team of just four people.

Nomadic Energy will retain ownership of the solar system for the project, and contract to supply energy to Northern Star.

Climate Action Minister Reece Whitby told The West that, to meet the state’s net zero by 2050 target, projects such as Carosue Dam will need to address challenging emissions sources with strong technologies.

“Each year, the Nomadic Energy project will displace 5,621 tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent,” he said.

Source: The West Australian 


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