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Iron ore producer Fortescue Metals Group and Alinta Energy have formally opened the country’s biggest solar farm outside of the country’s main electricity grids, the 60MW Chichester Hub solar farm that will help power two big mines.

The Chichester solar farm has been up and running at full capacity since late November, and has already demonstrated that it can meet up to 100 per cent of the daytime electricity consumption of the Christmas Creek and Cloudbreak mines operated in the Pilbara by Fortescue.

The Chichester solar farm is located at the end of a 60km extension to the network operated by Alinta Energy that also includes the Newman gas station and the highly successful Newman big battery, and also provides electricity to the iron ore operations owned by Gina Rinehart.

Plans for the Chichester solar farm were first revealed by RenewEconomy back in 2018, and Alinta Energy managing director and CEO Jeff Dimery says the opening is a giant leap forward in the race to a low carbon energy future.

[Giles Parkinson]

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