Queensland LNP Senator James McGrath will officially launch the first stage of a multi-million dollar roll-out of sustainable solar power generation at the New Century Resources Zinc Mine at Lawn Hill today.

Senator McGrath joined representatives of New Century Resources and SunSHIFT to officially launch stage one of the company’s solar power generation strategy, that will see world-first solar power technology installed to help replace some of its existing diesel power generators.

Senator McGrath said the project illustrated the company’s commitment to improving its environmental footprint as well as sourcing reliable, sustainable and affordable sources of power to support the mine’s restart of operations now and into the future.

“It is great to see companies adopting new technology and looking for opportunities to establish long-term environmentally friendly power solutions,” Senator McGrath said.

“The move to integrate SunSHIFT’s modular and moveable solar PV product into the mine’s power supply is expected to offset approximately 70,000L of diesel per annum in this first stage.

“This offers New Century Resources major savings in terms of its overall operating costs, as well as a reduction in the mine’s carbon footprint,” he said.

New Century Resources spokesman Michael Pitt said the SunSHIFT technology is a purpose built solar solution designed to meet the needs of the mining sector.

“Due to the nature of our operations and our remote location, it has previously been difficult to find a power source to rival diesel power generation in terms of affordability, mobility and scalability,” he said.

“SunSHIFT has developed a world-first pre-engineered, pre-fabricated turnkey solar system that overcomes the limitations of conventional solar and we look forward to realising the benefits this new system can bring to our site over coming years.”

Senator McGrath said the visit to New Century Resources was part of his two-week tour of regional and remote Queensland.

“From here I will continue to make my way South through Boulia, Bedouri, Birdsville, Betoota, Eromanga, Quilpie, Thargomindah, Cunnamulla, Charleville Roma and Dalby” he said.