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Rio Tinto finds another project that can use renewables

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Rio Tinto has approved a new solar farm and battery storage at Weipa in Queensland, which will be used to power bauxite mines.

Rio Tinto will contract EDL to build, own and operate a 4MW solar plant and 4MW/4MWh of battery storage at Weipa. Rio Tinto said that work on the battery facilities will start this year, with construction of the whole project expected to be complete by late 2022.

Rio Tinto said the move that will more than triple the local electricity network’s solar generation capacity and help provide cleaner power to Rio Tinto’s operations.

"The new solar farm and battery storage will complement the existing 1.6MW solar farm at Weipa, which was completed in 2015 and is also owned and operated by EDL. The 4MWh battery system will be built next to the existing Weipa power station and will help provide a stable power network for Rio Tinto’s Weipa Operations bauxite mines and the Weipa township," said Rio Tinto in a statement.

In March Rio Tinto announced that it signed up Heliogen to deploy solar technology at Rio Tinto's borates mine in Boron, California.

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