The City of Kimberley launched an innovative project to convert Teck’s former Sullivan Mine Concentrator site into a solar energy project called SunMine. It includes 4,032 solar-cell modules, mounted on 96 solar trackers that follow the sun’s movement to maximize the amount of energy captured. This has made it BC’s largest solar project and Canada’s largest solar tracking facility.
It was also the first solar project in British Columbia to begin selling power back to the BC Hydro grid. This important project was made possible through the Province’s Innovative Clean Energy Fund, as well as an investment from Teck, who provided the land and site infrastructure, as well as a $2 million contribution. SunMine is a community owned project that is well suited to capitalize on Kimberley’s clear and sunny conditions.