An investigation to use tailing ponds as solar photovoltaic farms

Moe Momayez, Terril Wilson, Alex Cronin, Srikant Annavarapu, Bill Conant

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Abstract

Fine-grinding of ores for the liberation of metal-or other valuable concentrates most often results in acreage dedicated to tailings impoundments. A determination of the post-mining land use of such acreage is then required. Tailings impoundments can be suitably utilized as sites for installation of solar photovoltaic (PV) panels. The electrical energy produced can be used initially for mining and concentrating operations, and subsequently for the utility grid after mine closure is complete. Since the extraction, processing and transport of minerals is energy-intensive, most mines already have a substantial electrical transmission-line infrastructure. This eliminates one of the major costs associated with PV energy farms. In this paper, we analyze the long-term economic benefit (i.e. payback period) of PV installation and energy production at mine sites. We also discuss integrating PV systems with erosion control and revegetation measures.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publication26th Annual Meetings of the American Society of Mining and Reclamation and 11th Billings Land Reclamation Symposium 2009
Pages817-832
Number of pages16
StatePublished - Dec 1 2009
EventJoint Conference of 26th Annual Meetings of the American Society of Mining and Reclamation and 11th Billings Land Reclamation Symposium 2009 - Billings, MT, United States
Duration: May 30 2009Jun 5 2009

Publication series

Name26th Annual Meetings of the American Society of Mining and Reclamation and 11th Billings Land Reclamation Symposium 2009
Volume2

Other

OtherJoint Conference of 26th Annual Meetings of the American Society of Mining and Reclamation and 11th Billings Land Reclamation Symposium 2009
CountryUnited States
CityBillings, MT
Period5/30/096/5/09

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geotechnical Engineering and Engineering Geology
  • Waste Management and Disposal

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    Momayez, M., Wilson, T., Cronin, A., Annavarapu, S., & Conant, B. (2009). An investigation to use tailing ponds as solar photovoltaic farms. In 26th Annual Meetings of the American Society of Mining and Reclamation and 11th Billings Land Reclamation Symposium 2009 (pp. 817-832). (26th Annual Meetings of the American Society of Mining and Reclamation and 11th Billings Land Reclamation Symposium 2009; Vol. 2).