Rio Tinto commissions 8MW solar PV plant in Madagascar in partnership with CrossBoundary

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  • Rio Tinto QMM (QIT Madagascar Minerals) took an important step towards decarbonizing its ilmenite mine in Fort-Dauphin today.
  • The Ehoala Solar Park, a partnership with CrossBoundary Energy, was inaugurated under the high patronage of His Excellency Mr. Andry Rajoelina, President of the Republic of Madagascar.

In 2021, Rio Tinto QMM, in support of its commitment to reduce its carbon footprint, signed a partnership with CrossBoundary Energy to build and operate a 30MW solar and wind power plant. The first phase comprises 14,640 solar panels generating 8MW. The second phase of the project will include the expansion of the solar farm by 6MW and the construction of a 19-turbine wind farm with a capacity of 16MW.

This transition to renewable energy is part of Rio Tinto QMM’s efforts to build a ‘sustainable mine’ by adopting responsible practices such as reducing emissions, managing waste and water responsibly, and restoring the local environment. The solar power plant is an important step towards realizing this vision, while providing tangible benefits such as job creation and skills development for the local community.

Author: Bryan Groenendaal


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