Are Utahn's solar projects just pie in the sky? Claims raise questions in Millard County, elsewhere

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  • Makimb2 Slc, UT
    Dec. 28, 2013 9:09 p.m.

    Is the technology in this article different than the home solar panels everyone has been raving about in California? Hard to tell exactly what the technology is in this article

  • airnaut Everett, 00
    Dec. 23, 2013 12:18 p.m.

    No legitimate technology goes from concept to full-scale production without smaller pilot programs to establish concept and credibility.

    Anytime someone claims to have found a holy grail of some break-through anything,
    but needs $millions of dollars to make it happen --

    Buyer beware.
    That is a scam, waiting to happen.

  • Ranch Here, UT
    Dec. 23, 2013 7:17 a.m.

    Utah, we love thee....

  • Back Talk Federal Way, WA
    Dec. 22, 2013 10:48 p.m.

    I have learned that you always must be very careful about business operations claiming "break through technology" that will produce tremendous profits. You should be especially careful in Utah.

    Most people have a nature trust that a person will do what they say. Unfortunately, I have learned that many slick talking business "investment" solicitors will say or promise anythign in order to get your money. You are far better to invest after everything has been verified and promises put in written contracts.

  • Supercool11 R-Valley, NV
    Dec. 22, 2013 10:12 p.m.

    Someone is making money on this project. I'll reserve judgement until we see whether these solar projects will actually power lightbulbs and at what cost per kilowatt. Solar power in general is one of the most expensive energy sources and like wind power it doesn't really replace fossil fuels since coal plants need to feed the grid when the sun is down or the wind isn't blowing. Solar energy has its place; it remains to be seen whether it can become efficient enough to supplant fossil fuels or other energy sources.

    Almsman, the article did not say the company only had 5-acres of land, it said the solar panels sit 5 acres from the city. It's an incorrect usage since acres are used to measure area, not distance, but nonetheless it did not refer to the land owned by the company.

  • DN Subscriber Cottonwood Heights, UT
    Dec. 22, 2013 8:25 p.m.

    Just look at the trail of "innovative green energy companies" which have received lavish praise and massive funding (the latter usually courtesy of us taxpayers) which have been abject failures.

    When companies are willing to invest their own money, not tax dollars, and prove the profitiability of their schemes that way, we should listen.

    If we "lose" some companies who decide to build elsewhere for better deals from taxpayers then we really have not lost anything.

    Meanwhile, drill, baby drill!

  • almsman North Salt Lake, UT
    Dec. 22, 2013 5:22 p.m.

    Sterling, when was the last time you were in Delta? A lot has happened since 2009. Of course there were broken lenses, you may recall a tornado had passed through Delta during that time. The site has also been an R&D site for a number of years. If you have been to Delta recently during one of the scheduled tours, please give us your perspective. I'd love to hear it. If you haven't been in awhile, I am curious as to what would make you a credible expert?

  • Sterling Allan Ephraim, UT
    Dec. 22, 2013 4:52 p.m.

    I'm the CEO of Pure Energy Systems (PES) Network mentioned on page 2 of this story.

    In around 2009, I traveled to visit their facility to see it. I wasn't impressed. The fresnel lenses were broken and strewn all over. Randy Johnson told me that they had fixed the vibration/gasket problem in a newer design so this has been resolved, so I held back from publishing a negative report of my visit. I've got photos of this somewhere in my archives.

    Apparently, the Deseret News has not taken the publishing of this story lightly. The author contacted me for comment on October 25, nearly two months ago.

  • Saxon Salt Lake City, UT
    Dec. 22, 2013 4:26 p.m.

    Almsman, when I was touring at the manufacturing plant that Millard County denies even exists, over 30,000 solar lenses had been shipped in from Lucite and were stored in the plant ready for the next step. Over a dozen people were in my tour group: several from the middle east.

    The group from the middle east were more excited about turning their salt water into pure distilled water than even the inexpensive solar energy. Speaking of salt water-is something fishy about this article?

  • almsman North Salt Lake, UT
    Dec. 22, 2013 2:28 p.m.

    Saxon, I too visited Delta a few weeks ago. I guess those couple dozen or so people working at both the site and the manufacturing facility were my imagination? There were about 15 towers being completed along with another 150 more being prepped for assembly. The article said they only had 5-acres of land? I guess the couple thousand acres I saw were just for show.
    There are so many problems with this story than I can count. The editor should have checked the facts before running it.

  • Saxon Salt Lake City, UT
    Dec. 22, 2013 12:10 p.m.

    Millard County Commissioner Daron Smith was quoted as saying that no solar manufacturing facility exists with IAUS or RaPower3 in Millard County. Yet tours are provided at least every three weeks. I've been on one. There are many employees busily at work producing solar energy components. Same with the project sites. They have to be one of the largest employers in Millard County.

    Perhaps Amy or the Deseret News could go down to Delta and see if there is actually a manufacturing plant. And, if so, what's really going on????

  • NeilT Clearfield, UT
    Dec. 22, 2013 11:13 a.m.

    Sounds like a classic penny stock pump and dump.

  • Pagan Salt Lake City, UT
    Dec. 22, 2013 9:32 a.m.

    I would rather have solar energy, than the black and disgusting Air Utah has every winter….

    'EPA inventory shows Utah's sources of greenhouse gas' - By Amy Joi O'Donoghue - 02/05/13 - Published by the Deseret News

    'WASHINGTON — The nation's power plants continue to be the single largest stationary source of greenhouse gas emissions, according to new information released Tuesday by the Environmental Protection Agency.'

  • ThornBirds St.George, Utah
    Dec. 22, 2013 9:28 a.m.

    Let's definitely ignore any technology. All the old ways are the best. Anything this modern society or the government encourages is wrong.
    Utah feels better now, huh?

  • TRUTH Salt Lake City, UT
    Dec. 22, 2013 9:11 a.m.

    Those solar contraptions are an eye sore and are killing birds in record numbers........I would rather replace those ugly vestiges with oil rigs! And put Americans back to work,

  • silvercloud41NE Fremont, NE
    Dec. 22, 2013 8:19 a.m.

    Now isn't that interesting where it's said that "...the company is a multi-level...." I'm not from Utah (any more) but it seems nearly every multi-level company wants a base in Utah! Why? Are we that gullible, naive, or blind? Why, after all this time, has nothing been done... either by the governing entities OR by this new power company that seems to have all the excuses in the world as to why nothing has been done? But, it is a free world where a sucker is born every minute (or something like that) so let the buyer beware. It's too bad we can't figure out how to capture all the hot air coming from the purveyors of this technology and create a new, cheaper energy source.

  • george of the jungle goshen, UT
    Dec. 22, 2013 5:20 a.m.

    Enron, Enron, Enron, Enron, Enron.