The 8 Most Exciting Solar Projects in the U.S. [Updated]

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    This is from September, but it's still relevent and obviously needed on this forum, for those who still think solar power is a pipe dream that will never happen.

    It IS happening.


    The 8 Most Exciting Solar Projects in the U.S. [Updated]

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    Sunlight is the world's most plentiful resource. That is, of course, why the United States has scrambled in recent years to supplant dirty, nonrenewable energy sources with ambitious solar projects. Below, we look at some of the most exciting solar projects--both existing and planned--in the country.

    1. Solar Energy Generating Systems
    Located in California's Mojave desert, the Solar Energy Generating Systems (SEGS) plant is the largest active solar energy facility in the world. The Luz International-designed solar thermal plant has an installed capacity of 354 MW, features 936,384 parabolic mirrors and spans more than 1,600 acres. In total, SEGS provides power for 232,500 homes. The nine solar plants at the site were built between 1984 and 1990.

    2. Nevada Solar One
    This Boulder City, Nevada plant, completed in 2007, is the largest solar thermal plant to be built since 1991. The $266 million concentrated solar plant has a maximum capacity of 75 MW, and produces 134 million kilowatt hours of power each year. Components for the plant come from a variety of suppliers, including Siemens, Flabeg AG, Schott Solar, and Solel Solar Systems.


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    3. Solana Generating Station
    This Gila Bend, Arizona plant will have a capacity of 280 MW--enough to power 70,000 homes--when it is completed in 2013. Arizona Public Service has already contracted to buy all of the produced power from Solana's $2 billion concentrated solar plant. The Abengoa-manufactured plant is expected to create 1,500 construction jobs and 85 full-time positions.

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    7. Blythe Solar Power Project
    If built, this proposed $6 billion solar thermal project in Blythe, California will produce a whopping 1000 MW of power, making it the largest solar power plant in the world. That's a big "if," though--Solar Millennium and Chevron Energy Solutions have yet to get the project approved by the California Public Utilities Commission. Update: The project was approved by the CPUC this week. The next step is to get final approval from the Bureau of Land Management.
     
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    Before I went my pants, how many homes will these projects power. For example, with these projects, what percentage of CA's power will come from solar power?

    My guess is, and I don't want to be pestimissitic, is about 2-3% of CA needs!
     
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    Yeah, that's a tough question. :cuckoo:

    Try reading the OP!

    #1 says SEGS provides power for 232,500 homes.

    #3 says 70,000 homes.

    #7 says "California will produce a whopping 1000 MW of power, making it the largest solar power plant in the world". That will cover close to a million homes.
     
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    Better question. How many INDUSTRIES can one of those plants supply with consistent, reliable power?
     
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    While the sun is shining. Oops.
     
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    What percentage of CA will be powered by solar power after these projects?
     
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    The plants are located in Mojave California, Boulder City Nevada and Gila Bend Arizona and Blythe California where the sun shines 300+ days a year! Everywhere else: No dice. :lol:
     
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    And even in the Mojave, night still happens.
     
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    It's not meant to be the only source of power, but a supplement that will lower our dependence on foreign oil. It goes into the grid which you well know, but choose to ignore in favor of your well-documented biases toward anything that makes sense.
     
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    According to conservative icon Dan Quayle, that's when you'd travel to the sun and grab up even more energy. :lol::lol::lol:
     

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