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Sunshine for Mines rapidly accelerates the installation of on-site renewable energy capacity—especially solar photovoltaic (PV)—integrated into the power systems of on- and off-grid mines around the world.
Solar PV is rapidly becoming more cost-effective, both for remote off-grid mines operating diesel generators and for many grid-tied mines. Installing solar at mines reduces carbon emissions at the gigaton scale and demonstrates sustainable mining practices.
Sunshine for Mines has partnered with mining companies to provide assistance with feasibility assessments and procurement, and is working toward the completion of our first project with Gold Fields in South Africa.
Developing tools and information to support the adoption of renewables by the mining industry
Proving the renewables business case through a staged approach: high-level renewables screening study, optimized techno-economic feasibility study, and market engagement
Creating a web portal that will incorporate the information developed
Meeting directly with C-suite executives and sustainability/energy directors at major mining companies
Highlighting commitments and successes, utilizing the brands and platforms of our organization and of our partners to spotlight and amplify forward progress
Convening workshops to work closely with practitioners to identify challenges, identify solutions, and build understanding and support
Promoting the approach at industry conferences and events
Since launching the program in 2016, RMI has established a case study on the Gold Fields mine in South Africa, a techno-economic feasibility study proving the business case for a mine in Argentina, and a conceptual study to identify the challenges in pursuing zero carbon for off-grid mines.