Barrick uses First Solar PV modules for the solar system at Nevada Gold Mines

Grant Beringer

Nevada Gold Mines (NGM) is investing in a 200 MW solar power plant designed to align its decarbonization program with Barrick Gold Corp.’s Greenhouse Gas Reduction Roadmap. to accelerate. NGM is majority owned and operated by Barrick.

NGM is working with First Solar to manufacture all of the modules required to support the 200MW build entirely in the United States. NGM has committed to a 20% CO2 reduction by 2025. This will be accomplished by building a 200MW solar array and converting NGM’s coal-fired power plant to cleaner-burning natural gas.

NGM has begun detailed planning and expects to begin construction in Q3 2022. The modules supplied by First Solar are expected to be delivered in early Q2 2023 and will power both phases of the power plant. The project is scheduled to start up both Phase I and Phase II in early 2024.

“The project is the latest in a series of carbon reduction initiatives across the Group’s global operations,” said Grant Beringer, Barrick’s Group Sustainability Executive. “The solar power plant will complement NGM’s conversion of its coal-fired power plant to a dual-fuel process, which will allow it to generate electricity from natural gas and reduce CO2 emissions by up to 50 percent.”

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