Clean Energy-Mining Partnership
Sandfire Resources’ DeGrussa copper-gold project in Western Australia has a 10.6 Megawatt (Mw) Solar Photovoltaic (PV) installation with a 6 Mw lithium-ion battery through an agreement with Juwi Renewable Energy. DeGrussa is one of Asia-Pacific’s leading high-grade copper mines.
Today 2,000 mechanized mines consume 11 percent of global energy and often operate near remote, off-grid communities which struggle with little or no electricity.
RESOLVE’s Energy Shift program is constructing unlikely alliances to pioneer solutions that address climate change writ-large on a planet where 1.2 billion lack basic access to power. With vast high-voltage assets worldwide, the mining industry has a critical, transformational role to play – one central to ensuring an energy transition to a low-carbon future, while advancing economic development.
The Clean Energy-Mining Partnership is a new initiative to accelerate the deployment of clean energy installations by mines and other heavy infrastructure projects while benefiting local communities and businesses across energy-poor mining jurisdictions and beyond. We are working with a small group of leading companies and stakeholders in the mining and renewable energy sectors to launch the partnership.
We are building on existing Power Purchase Agreements (PPAs) between mines and solar and wind independent power producers (IPPs). Each deployment illustrates that mining has a catalytic role for our market-driven approach to scale climate resilience within COP21’s $13.5 trillion commitments.
The Clean Energy-Mining Partnership offers a comprehensive platform for IPPs, miners, investors, and other stakeholders to share innovations and business strategies to “green” mines and heavy industrial infrastructure into “anchor-tenant” models while expanding electricity supplies to remote and underserved communities.
The Clean Energy-Mining Partnership will offer IPPs, mining companies and other members numerous benefits, including:
- Recommendations and guidance on how best to utilize solar and wind power, along with battery storage, at specific mine sites and how to document their GHG abatements in the context of COP21 investor requirements, including internationally-recognized metrics established by entities like The Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP) and The Sustainability Accounting Standards Board (SASB); and
- Similar recommendations and guidance on extending electricity supplies and grids beyond mines to communities, businesses and infrastructure through metrics supporting economic development established by the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the UN Global Reporting Initiative (GRI).
California-based Solarreserve’s Concentrated Solar Power-Photovoltaic (CSP-PV) deployment will generate over 1,800 Gigawatt hours (GWh) annually for a mine in Northern Chile, while operating at the same capacity as a coal-fired power plant.
Joseph Kirschke is a consultant for RESOLVE’s Energy Shift initiative. As a former editor at Mining Media International, the industry’s largest U.S.-based trade publishing house, he established niche coverage of sustainability issues impacting mining projects around the world. Kirschke has written extensively about renewable energy use at mining operations globally.
He has also worked as a copy editor at China Daily and Beijing Review and as a consultant at Edelman Indonesia during the Chinese-led mineral commodities boom. He has over 20 years’ experience as a consultant, communications specialist, foreign correspondent, analyst and journalist in digital, print and broadcast media.
Mr. Kirschke works directly with RESOLVE President Stephen D’Esposito who brings significant experience in building partnerships with the mining sector, along with RESOLVE board members and strategic partners with specific mining and energy sector experience.
For more information, please contact Mr. Kirschke at email@example.com.