Xstrata’s Mt Isa Mines has mounted one of Australia’s largest solar panel installations.
With 672 solar panels in place at its workers’ Parkside units, the miner can now access an additional 864 kilowatt hours every day, enough to power up to 70% of its accommodation’s needs.
The Mt Isa mine’s electrical engineer and project manager, Kevin Lu, told the North West Star that this project will have an enormous environmental gain for the company.
“This project will reduce about 500 kilograms of carbon dioxide every day,” he said.
Engineering support manger Clayton Stansbie stated that the panels now cover more than a quarter of an acre of roof space, at approximately 1120 square metres.
Stansbie went on to say that “it’s one of the largest roofing installations of solar panels in Australia at present, which is a pretty big achievement.”
He told the North West Star that reduction of the miner’s carbon foot print was the major reason behind it, as well as the company aiming to bring new technology to town while at the same time highlighting its position as an environmental leader.
The solar panels were installed by Mount Isa based contractors as well as two mine employees.