A square mile solar array produces 50 Megawatts, while one coal- or gas-fired
power plant produces 1100 Megawatts. Do the math -- it would take 22 square
miles of solar arrays to equal ONE gas-fired plant. Solar power costs the
consumer something like 10x more, and it requires a traditional power plant at
night anyway. The manufacturing process for solar panels produces toxic
by-products including Cadmium, and the panel material is toxic. Solar power is
only economical in the desert southwest (not in northern Utah) because of the
sunshine.Now try to explain how solar power is a good idea.
These projects are great, but please they are not base load plants, which they
can not replace and their price per kilowatt is more than 3x that of carbon
based power. Another example of the Obama administration's forced effort
to establish an industry that is not yet ready for prime time.
It is exciting to see the albeit slow move to a sustainable non carbon ecconomy.
There are other plants including the Solar Energy Generating Systems (SEGS)
located at Daggett which is up and running. The Solana Generating Station is a
280 MW solar power plant which is under construction near Phoenix, Arizona and
Ivanpah Solar Power Facility, in the Mojave Desert, is the world’s largest
solar thermal power plant project currently under construction.Heavenly Father gave us stewardship over this planet to care for it not just
exploit it for our needs without caring for the needs of future generations.
Western Utah between I-15 and the Nevada state line could be put to similar
I can think of no better use for the state of Nevada than to turn it all into
one big solar collector... buwahahaha!