Renewable energy is becoming accepted as an important energy supply for large electricity consumers worldwide. In particular, the mining sector offers significant opportunities to both mine operators and renewable energy developers.

Of the 400 operating mine sites in Australia, 170 are either off-grid or connected to a smaller distribution network and needing to supply their own electricity. Natural gas and diesel dominate as fuel supplies for electricity generation and other energy uses. Rising prices of both of these fuels are leading…