Neoen to decommission DeGrussa solar and storage project

Industry unites to fund Australia's largest solar and battery storage project (degrussa)
DeGrussa copper gold mine aerial view

Neoen has confirmed it will begin decommissioning the seven-year-old DeGrussa hybrid solar and battery project in Western Australia’s goldfields region.

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Comprising 10.6MW solar and 6MW lithium-ion battery energy storage alongside a diesel-fired generator, DeGrussa has supplied renewable energy to Sandfire Resources’ Degussa copper mining operations.

The solar hybrid power system has since supplied nearly 20% of the mining operation’s annual power requirements and cut its emissions by about 12,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide a year.

With Sandfire’s mine having ceased operations, the end is nigh for the DeGrussa solar and battery hub.

Neoen confirmed the DeGrussa hybrid project’s decommissioning to RenewEconomy, with a spokesperson saying, “Neoen can confirm that the Degrussa Solar Farm is in the process of being decommissioned.

“Neoen intends to remove the solar panels, as well as the rest of our facility and to rehabilitate the site.”

The company said it hopes the 34,080 solar panels from the project will be reused.

“Neoen’s preference is for the solar panels to be reused as they remain in good condition,” the spokesperson said.

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“We are currently investigating opportunities to find a second life for the solar panels and for the other main components such as the inverters, transformers and the battery pack.”

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