Geotechnical Considerations for Solar Panel Installation on Mine Tailings

Authors : Srikant Annavarapu, Terril Wilson, Moe Momayez, Alex Cronin

Geotechnical stability considerations are important for the installation of solar panels on mine tailings areas. Active tailings deposition areas consist of coarse-grained, free-draining relatively stable particulate mass at the perimeter with fine-grained, low shear strength mass around the supernatant pond in the deposition area. An evaluation of the geotechnical stability of the supports for the solar panels constructed, which will have their foundations placed on mine tailings, is essential so that the orientation of the solar panels can be maintained within suitable limits.

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