Five megawatts of re-deployable solar installed at Carosue Dam gold mine

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The five megawatt solar installation by Nomadic Electricity at Northern Star’s Carosue Dam gold mine near Kalgoorlie is complete, producing clean energy for the mine and lowering emissions by displacing the usage of diesel and natural gas.

The WA Government’s Clean Energy Future Fund, which supports cutting-edge clean energy projects and technologies that lower greenhouse gas emissions, awarded $1 million to the initiative in its initial round of funding.

Utilizing an innovative Maverick mounting system from Australian business 5B, Nomadic Energy installed solar panels in a concertina pattern to provide alternating east and west facing panels.

The flexibility to redeploy the solar panels removes a key barrier to using green energy at mine sites, where a mine may cease operating before the cost of the solar panels has been recovered.

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Energy Minister Bill Johnston said the resulting structure is quicker and more cost effective to deploy, potentially removing a key barrier to using green energy at mine sites, where a mine may cease operating before the cost of the solar panels has been recovered.

“The Nomadic Energy project will generate more than 8,800 megawatt hours of energy each year, which is enough to power 1,700 Western Australian homes,” the Minister continued.

“I’m impressed that the number of clean energy generation projects is becoming an increasing trend at mine sites and Nomadic Energy should be congratulated on setting a new standard for industry.”

Image credit: https://www.nsrltd.com/our-assets/kalgoorlie-production-centre/carosue-dam-operations