300-megawatt solar plant crosses regulatory threshold in Millard County

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  • RedShirt USS Enterprise, UT
    Feb. 19, 2014 12:24 p.m.

    To "Open Minded Mormon" the improvements being made to the LDS church buildings is for prepardness. Imagine you live in an area that experiences a disaster and can't get power for a long time. Now your church building will have power and heat to care for its members regardless of the inefficiencies of the government.

    Seems like they are more concerned with emergency prepardness than being eco friendly.

  • Open Minded Mormon Everett, 00
    Feb. 19, 2014 10:42 a.m.

    So --
    Do the nay-sayers tell their Anti-Eco-Friendly sob stories about Socialism and Freedoms being ripped away to the LDS 1st Presidency and presiding Bishopric for making our new Stake Center in Farmington, Utah Solar powered?

    I didn't think so...

  • airnaut Everett, 00
    Feb. 19, 2014 8:02 a.m.

    It cuts both ways:

    Salt Lake City, UT

    But I am appalled at the kind of duplicity and underhanded politics found in far too much of it. The obvious waste and corruption in the version of crony capitalism found in the cabal of "OIL" industry and kickback-hungry politicians, such as the notorious BP, Exxon fiascos, is, or should be, completely unacceptable.

  • Sensible Scientist Rexburg, ID
    Feb. 18, 2014 7:15 p.m.

    If we were to cover the same amount of ground with drill rigs, imagine the outcry! Rigs are temporary -- the mirrors are permanent.

    Where are the conservationist groups on this? Are their policies consistent or not?

  • Piper Scio, OR
    Feb. 18, 2014 7:09 p.m.

    The economics of solar power doesn't pencil out. They cost about as much as the amount of electricity you get out of them (the same as the giant windmills you see along the Columbia River). A 1,300 megawatt nuclear power plant has the footprint of a high school campus and if any president allowed the nuclear power industry to recycle all of its waste, all but 3% could be reprocessed into new fuel rods.

  • Harry-T Davis, UT
    Feb. 18, 2014 7:00 p.m.

    Someone has to pay for the infrastructure, and as long as that power is designated to go to California, I am okay with that. The residents of California are eventually paying for this project through their electric bills, and those bills will continue to increase.

    Utah’s price for electricity is low, and once the State of Utah starts enforcing power companies to purchase renewable energy that price will begin to increase. I am completely okay with creating work opportunities within the state, but ship that power somewhere else.

  • samhill Salt Lake City, UT
    Feb. 18, 2014 6:57 p.m.

    "'By permitting this previously stifled demand for renewable energy to be expressed in the marketplace, Rep. Powell's bill will create opportunities for the development of renewable energy production facilities across the state of Utah,' said Carrie Cullen Hitt."

    HA, Ha! I **love** that phrase, "stifled demand for renewable energy".

    Yes, "stifled", as in "something for which few people want to pay the full, non tax-payer subsidized price".

    I am very much in favor of developing alternate sources of power. But I am appalled at the kind of duplicity and underhanded politics found in far too much of it. The obvious waste and corruption in the version of crony capitalism found in the cabal of "green" industry and kickback-hungry politicians, such as the notorious Solyndra fiasco, is, or should be, completely unacceptable.

    And, until it is clear to me that the whole rotten mess has been cleaned up, I hope it continues to be "stifled", at a minimum.

  • BYU Track Star Los Angeles, CA
    Feb. 18, 2014 6:05 p.m.

    Southern California Edison operated with a similiar Solar thermal plant design East of Barstow, by Yermo in the 1980s and called it Power Tower One. I was in Vegas this weekend for a conference and saw all three of the Ivanphah units operating adjacent to Primm, NV. Commercial Airlines follow the I-15 from LA to Vegas. It must be quite a sight from 30,000 feet above. It's also interesting that the operating economics make building such a large solar array power plant a viable project versus say a combined cycle power plant when green house gas credits has to be added in to CC's operating costs. Prehaps the Des News staff could do some simple number crunching to tell us DN readers the electric rate benefits of a new Solar plant in Utah versus say a Combined cycle plant? I know California's PUC Renewables Mandate gives Electric Utilities an incentive to go green too.

  • Evets Eagle Mountain, UT
    Feb. 18, 2014 2:05 p.m.

    What is the design of the plant? The solar thermal plant recently opened to supply California with more energy is getting second looks being blamed for killing birds by burning them as they fly past the focal mirrors. California had one other planned in California and now has a moretorium on them until proven safe. I love solar but one must look at the environmental impact too. If this plant is solar thermal I would vote wait until the jury is in on the first plant.

  • Rob86 Cottonwood Heights, UT
    Feb. 18, 2014 1:32 p.m.

    I'm glad to see California and Utah embracing more solar energy. While solar is not "The Answer," it is one good technology in the overall energy mix. A healthy, diverse energy portfolio includes traditional fuels (oil and gas) and renewable sources like solar, wind, and hydropower.