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By Shane Lasley
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West Texas sun may power rare earth mine

Solar power, US law could put more "green" into green-tech

 

Last updated 7/10/2022 at 2:42pm

Photovoltaic solar power plant in southwest US desert USA Rare Earth Texas mine

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It is estimated that a roughly 45-acre solar farm in West Texas could generate the estimated 15 megawatts of electricity required to power a mining operation at Round Top.

Geology dictates where mineable concentrations of the metals we need for our everyday modern lives are located. It so happens that USA Rare Earth LLC and Texas Mineral Resources Corp.'s Round Top rare earths and critical minerals project is in the sunny West Texas high desert. This puts one of America's richest deposits of the rare earths that go into the powerful magnets used in wind turbines...



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