Australia's first commercial PV-diesel hybrid plant from First Solar begins operation

By PV Tech September 29, 2015

Australia’s first commercial solar plant used to displace diesel has commenced operation at mining giant Rio Tinto’s Weipa bauxite mine in Queensland.

US-based PV manufacturer and developer First Solar’s 1.7MW capacity plant is expected to generate 2.8GWh of electricity each year. It will provide up to 20% of the daytime electricity demand of the remote mine’s township and processing facilities on the Western Cape York Peninsula in Queensland.

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