Mining giant Rio Tinto has unveiled a groundbreaking plan to use a solar PV plant to provide electricity to one of its key bauxite operations in Queensland.

As part of efforts to achieve energy savings in Australia’s high-cost operating environment, Rio Tinto will oversee the construction of a solar power facility to provide electricity to its bauxite mining operations in the far north of Queensland. Rio Tinto currently uses two diesel engine plants to provide 36 megawatts of…