Atalaya Mining and Endesa X to build solar plant at Riotinto mine in Spain

AIM and TSX-listed Atalaya Mining has joined forces with utility Endesa X to build Spain’s first solar power plant connected to a mining operation.

The 50MW facility will be located in the Southwestern municipality of Minas de Riotinto, where Atalaya’s local subsidiary manages the historic Riotinto mine, an open pit copper operation with a commercial production rate of 15 million tonnes per annum and proven and probable ore reserves of 197 million tonnes at 0.42% copper.

The €30 million operation will include 75,765 solar panels of 650 and 655 Wp, which will extend through a collection area of 234,810 square metres, fulfilling a quarter of the mine’s energy needs, The facility is expected to avoid the annual release of 40,000 tonnes of CO2 into the atmosphere.

“Atalaya’s commitment to this project involving the use of natural resources through photovoltaic solar solutions will allow the company to be self-sufficient when it comes to its energy needs, as well as optimise its energy consumption and reduce its carbon footprint,” said Davide Ciciliato, Endesa X’s general director.

“This is a strategic project, both for Endesa X and for the country, as it promotes the development of new alternative sources of energy and fosters energy independence both at a national and at a European level.”