June 25 (Renewables Now) - Plouton Mining announced on Tuesday plans to build a bitcoin mining facility in Western Mojave, California, that runs solely on solar power.
The company said in a statement that this will be the largest solar-powered mining operation on the continent.
The solar photovoltaic (PV) park that is associated with the facility will have a power generating capacity of between 10 MW and 13 MW. The solar panels will be installed on about 49 acres of the 50-acre (20.2 ha) land plot owned by the firm’s parent -- Plouton Group.
The bitcoin miner said it plans to sign contracts with local utility providers “to allow for ultra-cheap operating costs when the sun goes down.” The solar park will operate 12 hours per day on average.