Skip to comments.Reid Statement On The Silver State North Solar Project
Posted on 05/07/2012 4:20:07 PM PDT by mdittmar
Washington, D.C.- Nevada Senator Harry Reid issued the following statement after U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar dedicated the Silver State North Solar Project, the first large-scale solar energy project to be built on public land in Nevada:
I commend Secretary Salazar and the Obama Administration for their commitment to Nevadas clean energy future by helping to move the Silver State North Solar Project quickly through the environmental review process. This important clean energy project will generate affordable electricity for thousands of homes with no air pollution or waste production. Developing similar projects in Nevada should be an essential part of our future economic growth strategy.
In March, my office released a report entitled "Playing to Win in Clean Energy" detailing the state of clean energy development in Nevada. The renewable energy projects under construction today are creating thousands of jobs for Nevadans. Our state has much to gain by continuing to develop its renewable energy resources. Government officials, utilities and regulators must continue to work closely with all parties so we can upgrade transmission access and effectively drive immediate investment with stable federal policies to fully realize Nevadas vast clean energy potential.
About Silver State North Solar Project
The Silver State North Solar Project is a 50 megawatt (MW) alternating current (AC) solar project located on approximately 600 acres of public land in Clark County, near Primm. The project will generate enough clean energy to serve the needs of about 9,000 local homes per year, displacing approximately 42,000 metric tons of carbon dioxide annually- the equivalent of taking about 8,000 cars off the road.
Wonder if an environmental impact statement was filed. Did they study what effect covering all that land with panels will have on the desert’s ecosystem? Just asking.
Nah, the Liberals don’t feel the need to operate under any of the laws they dictate to the rest of us.
As long as you’re a liberal and your hair-brained ideals destroy the planet, at least your heart was in the right place.
Wish I could include the ‘/s’ tag, but this is the truth.
I saw that thing in February. It’s absolutely huge!!!
You can see it for miles.
Its not public land...its GOVERNMENT land and if you don't believe me, as a member of the 'public' try to walk on it!
Yeah, we need “clean power” in Nevada. In the south we have the Hoover Dam which powers Vegas and Half of LA. In the north we have power from a couple of coal plants in Nevada and Idaho. Northern Nevada has some of the cleanest air in the US, and I believe Jarbidge has the cleanest in the lower 48. In Reno, the only air quality problems we have is when forest mismanagement in California causes massive fires, and really really wreck our air all the way out to Elko. The only other time we have air quality problems is when it gets very cold because of a temperature inversion and wood smoke from fireplaces just collect and never move. But hey, lets ruin thousands of acres of perfectly pristine desert for expensive unreliable power. Also, since the desert is known for high winds every afternoon, thus stirring up dust, thus dirtying the panels reducing efficiency to near zero, lets put them in places not known for tons of easily accessible water for cleaning. It’s not like the few hardy ranchers in the area will need that ground water for anything. Oh yeah, government, and environmentalist types don’t like the ranchers.
50MW is nothing. The ugly thing takes up half a valley floor. They will have to send crews there to clean it; plus there will be erosion and weeds underneath.
Meanwhile there are acres of flat roofs and asphalt parking lots in Clark county that could be covered, easily maintained since they are at the point of consumption; and the pristine valley could be left as is.
It's feel good greenie dust at best.