USA Rare Earth plans solar power for Round Top
The company estimates it will require approximately 15 MegaWatt to support mining and processing at Round Top, which it estimates will require a solar farm of approximately 45 acres. Hudspeth County in West Texas reports 292 days of sunshine a year with annual average sunshine of approximately 10 hours a day.
USA Rare Earth, which purchased the sintered neo magnet manufacturing equipment from Hitachi Metals America earlier this year, is currently evaluating options for the location of its plant.
Separation of the REEs and critical minerals extracted from the Round Top deposit will be accomplished using an environmentally benign, energy efficient process.
In mid-July, Quebec-based mining technology firm Geomega Resources also revealed that it plans to recycle rare earth-containing production waste produced by USA Rare Earth.