Skip to comments.Plan to streamline solar development in West OK'd (Yay more Solyndras!)
Posted on 10/12/2012 6:41:31 PM PDT by Domandred
Federal officials on Friday approved a plan that sets aside 445 square miles of public land for the development of large-scale solar power plants, cementing a new government approach to renewable energy development in the West after years of delays and false starts.
At a news conference in Las Vegas, Interior Secretary Ken Salazar called the new plan a "roadmap ... that will lead to faster, smarter utility-scale solar development on public lands."
The plan replaces the department's previous first-come, first-served system of approving solar projects, which let developers choose where they wanted to build utility-scale solar sites and allowed for land speculation.
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Government must stay out of such schemes. If solar arrays are a viable source of electricity, private for profit industry will create it.
And no one will compare the footprint of a solar plant with the footprint of an equivalent natural gas well and generating station.
The only way to streamline solar development is for the DoE to just move the money directly to the DNC's accounts.
Are they going to build the coal and gas fired plants near the solar plants? News flash DOE: the sun doesn’t shine at night and when it is cloudy and rainging/snowing. Also, notable is that there are no efficient storage facilities for electric at that scale unless you turn the Great Salt Lake into a battery. Also, if you put it out in the middle of nowhere, other factors raise their ugly heads such as: loss of electricity during transmission over long distances and finding technically qualifies hermits to live in or near nowhere to maintain the solar complex (yes there is maintenance required for the panels and other components),
speaking of maintenance, I was reading about some 14 schools that were having their solar panels stripped off - after only four years. it seems there were some ‘corrosion’ problems that made the panels a fire hazard. GE panels. Can’t recall if it was the Inland Valley Press or the San Diego Union I read it in last week