Rhovan, a Vanadium mining and processing facility managed by Glencore Ferroalloys has begun the construction of a 25MW solar photovoltaic (PV) near Brits in the North West province of South Africa.
The move, Glencore says, will result in a substantial reduction of over 48,000 tonnes of CO2e emissions annually.
Glencore targets to cut Scope 1 and 2 emissions from its industrial operations by 15% by 2026 and 50% by 2035.
Rhovan is an open-cast mine and smelter complex which produces vanadium pentoxide and ferrovanadium.
“We are very excited to announce this development at our Rhovan mine. Not only does our mine produce a range of vanadium products that can be used in applications that support a low-carbon economy, but by installing a solar plant that will supply renewable electricity to our operation, we are reducing the mine’s overall emissions footprint,” said Japie Fullard, Glencore Ferroalloys CEO.
Commissioning of the solar project has been planned for late 2024.