Commercial Mine Site Solar Power

Commercial Mine Site Solar Power.

Commercial Mine sites that run gas or diesel generation units can benefit greatly from installing a co-generation units to an existing operation.  Solar PV can be integrated alongside traditional forms of diesel or gas generation and can either run independent or parallel to the grid.  There are many factors that determine how much PV can penetrate into an existing facilities grid network, with up to 70% penetration possible in most situations, leading to significant reductions fuel costs and the added benefit of reducing service costs.

The PV system can have batteries incorporated into the design and give support to the whole generation system, the spinning reserve needed when running gensets significantly increases costs, the incorporation of a storage solution reduces the need for spinning reserve, if the supply drops or demand increases the storage solutions can hold delivery until the existing DG units start up and come online.

PV is a very real option, with LGCs adding to the ROI annually.

Large-scale Generation Certificates (LGCs) are created every time an accredited renewable energy generation system over 100 kilowatts (kW) produces 1 megawatt-hour (MWh) of electricity. Power utilities are required under the Large-scale Renewable Energy Target (LRET) segment of the federal government’s Renewable Energy Target (RET) to surrender a set amount of LGCs every year or face penalties. In order to do so, they can either create LGCs themselves by installing and running renewable energy generation systems, or they can purchase them from 3rd parties with their own renewable energy sources. This article is an overview of what is involved in creating LGCs.

 
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Co Generation units

Load design

Co Generation solar systems