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Renewables a serious option for African miners as energy costs, emissions come to the fore in African mining

Author: Anine Vermeulen

Rising energy prices and supply constraints have forced mining companies operating in Africa to find new energy solutions that are affordable, consistent and secure.  The mining companies are exploring renewable-energy integration as a means to not only address their affordability and security of supply concerns, but also deal with broader carbon mitigation goals.  Comprehensive photovoltaic (PV) solar systems provider First Solar fuel replacement solutions director John Eccles points out that electricity is the lifeblood of all industries and that reliable electricity generation is particularly critical for the success of the mining sector.

“While the mining industry has traditionally relied on electricity grids and on-site liquid fuel generators for its electricity needs, there is a growing global understanding that solar energy is becoming more sustainable and affordable,” he says.

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