It has been a busy fall for Brighfields’ Managing Principal Pete Pedersen, who delivered presentations on solar development on repurposed mines and mineral extraction sites at conferences in San Diego, Toronto and Reno.
A national leader in contaminated property and brownfield solar development, Brightfields’ portfolio includes two active projects on current or former copper mines – the Elizabeth Mine Superfund Site in the Towns of Strafford and Thetford, VT, and the Carlota Mine in Miami, AZ.
Mr. Pedersen and Brightfields Principal Ron Kelly presented the Carlota project as a case-study for large-scale solar development on USFS land at the EUCI Solar Development on Landfills and Brownfields conference, held on October 18th in San Diego. After leaving the warmth of San Diego, Mr. Pedersen traveled to Toronto on November 21-22 for the 4th annual Energy and Mines World Congress, a gathering of global mining and renewables innovation leaders. During the Congress, Mr. Pedersen reviewed Brightfields’ projects as a panelist for a discussion entitled “Repurposing Mine Lands with Renewables – A Growing Market Opportunity."
- Brightfields is developing a 10 MW solar array
- on a closing open-pit copper mine in Miami, AZ
A third speaking engagement took Mr. Pedersen to Reno, NV for the American Exploration & Mining Association’s 122nd Annual Meeting. Mr. Pedersen spoke at a December 8th session on mine closure and remediation with a presentation entitled, “A New Frontier for Renewable Energy.”
“Brightfields is very excited about the potential of solar development on dormant or closing mining sites”, stated Mr. Pedersen. “Presenting at these three conferences was a great opportunity to share Brightfields’ story and learn about innovative projects from across the globe.”