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Abandoned Coal Mines Are Being Reimagined As Solar Farms

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From the dirtiest source of energy to the cleanest, abandoned coal mines around the world are getting a second life as sites for large-scale solar farms. 

The biggest one yet began operating this weekend—a 150-megawatt floating solar farm in the eastern Chinese city of Huainan. At one time, the mine accounted for nearly 20 percent of the country’s coal reserves; now the world’s biggest floating solar project is sitting atop the lake formed in the collapsed mine.