13 Apr '12, 1pm

Renewables Revive Abandoned Mines

Possibilities range from wind, solar photovoltaics (PV), geothermal, hydropower and energy crops to test-beds for a variety of more experimental power generation technologies. As with any development, mine site conversion to renewable energy generation must of course take due account of impacts on the local environment and communities. But when done well, these can provide ongoing and long term value in the form of an alternative income stream well after mining operations have ceased. Specific benefits can include the mitigation of cleanup costs, reusing infrastructure to reduce decommissioning cost, enabling re-employment of a skilled mining workforce and/or new local employment opportunities, and a clean and usually quiet after-use for a mine site that can also create a potential source of carbon credits with tradable value. So why might mine sites prove to be ideal loca...

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