The Australian mining industry has grown substantially over the past 15 years. As scales of production have increased exponentially and mining technology has increased in sophistication, there has been an increasing awareness and desire within the industry to operate in as ‘low carbon’ an environment as possible. Coupled with this need is the requirement to have guaranteed reliability of electrical supply. Remote areas in Australia can experience intermittent grid supplied power and traditional diesel and gas powered generators are increasingly seen as inefficient and less than a ‘clean’ source of electrical power. Solar technology has evolved dramatically in the last 20 years both in its efficiency and flexibility. It is ideally suited to remote locations in Australia, with the high reliability solar electrical generation exhibits and its clean, carbon free power generation. Pricing for solar power have decreased over the last 10 years by a factor of 10. In 2004 photovoltaic panels wholesaled at US$7.00 / Watt. In 2014 prices of around US$0.70 / Watt are readily available. Industrial scale solar inverter technology now operates at efficiencies approaching 99 percent with guaranteed ‘up-time’ of over 99 percent. These factors make solar power a smart and logical choice for Australian miners and BG Technology has the expertise to comission and project manage large scale solar plants for the mining industry.

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