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Sunshine for Mines

We aim to provide and scale on-site renewable energy at mining operations around the world.

What is Sunshine for Mines?

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.

Why It Matters

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.

Who’s Involved

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.

What We’re Doing


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

WHAT WE’VE ACCOMPLISHED

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.

OUR PARTNERS

Gold Fields

Partner

Monitor Deloitte

Partner

OUR TEAM

Alastaire Dick
Operations Lead

Paolo Natali, Ph.D.
Sr. Associate
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Thomas Koch Blank
Principal
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Sam Hartnett
Associate
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Joseph Goodman
Principal
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Patrick Molloy
Consultant
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Kevin Haley
Program Marketer
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Jessie Lund
Program Coordinator
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RESOURCES

Insight Brief

Toward Sustainable Mining

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Case Study

Gold Fields—Coming Soon