Perhaps the industry most primed to benefit from solar energy is mining. Most mines on the African continent are either unconnected or ill-supplied by the grid. Their remote locations often enjoy relatively high levels of sunshine, making solar energy an important cost-saving solution over the life of the mine. As oil is projected to double in price over the next 20 years, the mining industry is acutely aware of the long term need to develop alternative energy sources.
Soleil’s hybrid off-grid solar solutions can seamlessly integrate an existing diesel generator system and reduce diesel fuel consumption. Whether purchasing electricity via a power purchase agreement or investing in outright system ownership, mining companies can experience efficiencies of 20% – 35% on their annual fuel costs, with the greatest efficiencies coming through system ownership.