Module manufacturer, ET Solar Energy has supplied 5MW of polycrystalline photovoltaic modules to a mining operation in Suriname.
The solar project in the South American country will significantly help the mining facility meet electricity demands.
Dennis She, president and CEO of ET Solar said: “We are proud to have been involved in such an exciting and challenging project in Suriname. This is our first mining project in South America and we are very pleased to help minimise the energy cost and carbon emission of the mining operation.”
ET Solar claims that due to the short construction time and low capital expenditure required for solar power plants, solar power plant installations are attractive energy options for mining facilities.
Currently in the Latin America and Caribbean region there is 1GW of PV projects under construction including recently a 24MW project and a 146MW project in Honduras, a 50MW PV factory is being built in Uruguay, and a 5MW hybrid solar development in Bolivia was announced.
She said ET Solar’s engineering and business development teams are currently exploring several opportunities with various mining customers in the region, specifically in Chile, for off-grid hybrid systems.
This week Chile’s president said the country aims to lead the continent in renewable energy development, in the last month Chile has approved a 698MW solar project, and is to provide funds for 740MW of renewables.