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Teck Resources to pay $2 million for SunMine solar project at Kimberley, B.C.


January 20, 2020
January 20, 2020
The Canadian Press


VANCOUVER – Mining company Teck Resources Ltd. says it is purchasing the SunMine solar electricity generating facility in B.C. from the City of Kimberley.

The Vancouver-based company says it has agreed to pay about $2 million, matching the city’s debt associated with the operation.

The 1.05-megawatt SunMine opened in 2015 on reclaimed land at Teck’s Sullivan Mine, which was closed in 2001 after producing zinc, lead and silver for nearly 100 years.

But its earnings for the community fell short of expectations, in part due to heavy smoke caused by summer forest fires, and the city has been negotiating to sell it to Teck for several years.


Citizens voted in a referendum during the October 2018 municipal election in favour of selling the facility.

Teck CEO Don Lindsay says the company will use SunMine to build firsthand experience with solar power that could lead to its implementation at other operations.

“Our involvement with SunMine is part of our commitment to taking action on climate change, advancing renewable energy development and supporting the global transition to a low-carbon economy,” he said in a news release.

Teck is awaiting word from Ottawa on whether it will be allowed to build its proposed $20.6-billion Frontier oilsands mine in northern Alberta, a project that environmentalists say is inconsistent with Canada’s greenhouse gas emission reduction policies.


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1 Comment » for Teck Resources to pay $2 million for SunMine solar project at Kimberley, B.C.
  1. Ron Bruce says:

    Teck Resources has 13 operating mines, a large metallurgical complex, and several major development projects in the Americas. Somehow Federal and Provincial Governments think that a $20.6-billion Frontier oilsands mine is a good investment for everyone at Teck.

    Teck Resources is a public trading company, not a government entity. The Government can unilaterally commit taxpayers to a $4.5 Billion 65-year old pipeline ( expected to $10 Billion) but Teck Resources may not want to follow Trudeau down the same rabbit hole, as their voters are shareholders. Although, the CEO at Teck must like all the attention he’s getting and seeing Government officials running about high-fiving each other trying to commit some else’s money – entertainment at a different level, complete with a fishing line.

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