Galaxy Resources’ solar powered lithium mine

Galaxy Resources has received an award for its solar tracking panels at its Mt Cattlin lithium mine.

The miner has won the Energy Generation and Distribution Award from the Sustainability Energy Association of Australia.

Mt Cattlin was the first mine in the country to have real time solar tracking panels installed to generate power on site.

By having solar tracking, the panels are able to follow the sun in all directions, providing 15% more power than a single axis system.

Galaxy has 14 solar trackers and two wind turbines operating at the lithium mine, which create 226MWh per year of renewable energy and accounts for a sixth of the daily energy at the site.

The system was designed by Swan Energy.

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