Feb 05, 2021

Ensham mine in solar farm proposal

Ensham mine in solar farm proposal

Idemitsu Australia Resources has submitted a development application for a 90MW solar farm to power operations at the Ensham mine, outside Emerald.

The company said the proposed solar farm would be developed in three stages on land owned by Idemitsu adjacent to the coal mine.

The solar farm project would create up to 150 jobs during construction.

No final decision to proceed had been made at this time, Idemitsu said.

“The development application is currently being assessed by (Central Highlands Regional) Council and we await the outcome of the application,” the company said in a written statement today.

The solar proposal comes after the mine operator last year announced it was investing $200,000 in a trial to assess the viability of producing a fully renewable biomass product that could be used with coal to reduce carbon emissions from power stations.

The Ensham mine is owned by Idemitsu Australia Resources (partly through its subsidiary company Bligh Coal Limited) and Bowen Investment Australia (which has a 15 per cent stake).