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Big Solar Energy Projects Could be Coming to the West

Get Solar -- Six western states, including California, Colorado and Arizona, now have the potential to get more of their energy needs met by solar power. On October 12, the U.S. Department of the Interior announced close to 285,000 acres of public land will be set aside for future large-scale solar power plants.

In order to encourage solar development, the federal government said it would lower the cost of obtaining a permit to build solar projects and is offering additional incentives to solar developers. While no specific projects have been approved yet the 17 newly-established solar energy zones throughout the western states have the potential to provide electricity to 7 million households.

"[We] are laying a sustainable foundation to keep expanding our nation’s domestic energy resources," Ken Sal


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honda0105
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put the production close to the consumption.
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honda0105
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CA and Las Vegas are also one of the biggest energy users.
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OK
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remay
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Message Posted: Oct 18, 2012 5:55:59 AM

Really? With all the solar companies going under?
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Eugenian
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Message Posted: Oct 17, 2012 11:34:58 PM

I'd rather have my tax dollars subsidizing this progress (at relatively low cost) than paying for Bush's trillion-dollar invasion of the wrong country (oops!) or Exxon's larger-than-anything-previously-seen-in-human-history windfall profits.
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DanMtz
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Message Posted: Oct 17, 2012 12:55:20 PM

...unless the projects disrupt the living conditions of a lizard or something...
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bar1035
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look up just how much of the US our socialist government owns sometime
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k2kipp
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Message Posted: Oct 17, 2012 9:17:21 AM

So by setting up more solar it would mean reduction of fossil fuel consumption. These solar panels last over 25 years. Solar energy to recharge the battery powered cars you all hate (reduction of oil usage). Cheaper electric heat (reduction of oil usage). Need I spell it all out for everyone?

God forbid that eventually gasoline prices may drop because of reduction of oil usage. Hell no we don't want that.

All these complaints of how the government isn't doing anything to lower the cost of energy. It appears you don't want them to. You don't want change.

Do you think your tax money will be returned to you if projects like this are blocked? Are they going to mail you a check?

Solar, Wind, Oil, Hydyo. whatever... all have a place... what ever works best in that situation. They all need to be used in combination.

The government has used tax money for nearly everything you have today, Roads, Schools, Parks, Coal mines, Big oil, Farming.... need I go on?

This isn't a political opinion... but something must change... and change now.
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torch347
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I agree with schvanda63.
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Message Posted: Oct 17, 2012 8:31:13 AM

subsidized, your tax dollars at work
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Message Posted: Oct 17, 2012 8:31:08 AM

Joeski1 said: No waste by products from solar or wind!

No radioactivity, no heavy water, no coal slag, no coal ash, no fracking waste water, little or no air pollution.

Which energy source is really cheaper?
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You think those solar panels just magically appear out of thin air? It takes big nasty factories mixing 1000's of tons of chemicals to make them. They need to be installed, cleaned, maintained and replaced by crews having to service them over thousands of acres. All for relatively minimal power output. While the sun is shining of course. Oh, you need power at night? Now we need batteries with their own pollution and longevity problems. Solar panels on rooftops supplementing home power use likely will never pay for themselves, but at least the homeowner gets a warm fuzzy "green" feeling. Major solar installations are a taxpayer boondoggle of the 1st order and a joke.
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k2kipp
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I use some solar to cut my electric bill. Those bitching about it,

DON"T KNOW SQUAT!
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bigt61
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Message Posted: Oct 17, 2012 8:19:30 AM

285,000 acres? 10 years from now we'll be tearing that crap down so we can drill.
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Message Posted: Oct 17, 2012 8:17:10 AM

More power to them.
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schvanda63
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Message Posted: Oct 17, 2012 8:09:35 AM

"In order to encourage solar development, the federal government said it would lower the cost of obtaining a permit to build solar projects and is offering additional incentives to solar developers."

Like MANY people have said before, if it is viable, let it pay for itself without government money(OUR TAX DOLLARS). Let the private sector pony up for once.
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Message Posted: Oct 17, 2012 8:09:29 AM

I'm with Joeski1.
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Message Posted: Oct 17, 2012 7:57:51 AM

Joeski1 said: "
No waste by products from solar or wind!

No radioactivity, no heavy water, no coal slag, no coal ash, no fracking waste water, little or no air pollution.

Which energy source is really cheaper?"

Have you thought about the energy use and pollution caused by mining the minerals and in the manufacturing of the solar panels and the wiring to hook it all together? How environmentally friendly are worn out solar panels in land fills? What happens to the water cycle, climate and native wild life when the ground under the solar panels no longer gets its daily heating and cooling cycles? What will be the impact of the chemicals used to keep the panels clean? All of this for a system which produces power for 25% to 30% of the time. Hope you don't have a medical emergency at night or on a cloudy day, there may be no light in the hospital.
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Message Posted: Oct 17, 2012 7:54:27 AM

ANOTHER OBUMMER ROAD TO NOWHERE!
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Message Posted: Oct 17, 2012 7:53:48 AM

These states have enough sunny days to justify the investment, and once the panels are installed, there isn't much maintenance because solar has no moving parts to wear down.
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Message Posted: Oct 17, 2012 7:51:10 AM

US should go solar and wind way to the max .
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Gonna steal more tax payers money for your fantasy energy league,OBUMMA.
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Message Posted: Oct 17, 2012 7:43:43 AM

Solar is part of our future, whether or not people want to embrace it.
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Message Posted: Oct 17, 2012 7:42:20 AM

Is this another Obummer investment with our taxpayer money?
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checkum
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Message Posted: Oct 17, 2012 7:41:31 AM

a waste of money
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Message Posted: Oct 17, 2012 7:39:18 AM

We need to find out how China can produce panels at a fraction of the price we can, and put them out of business.
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Message Posted: Oct 17, 2012 7:38:43 AM

OK
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Message Posted: Oct 17, 2012 7:36:43 AM

In 1890, the only use for oil products (yes, they existed) was to burn in lamps and stoves. Then along came the "rich man's toy"... the automobile. It still took another quarter of a century before there was a real availability of cars.

We've been doing solar for about 10 years. Let the technology advance another 15-20 years and we may be saying... "Gas, really? You still use gas?"
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Buck_on_Bass
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Message Posted: Oct 17, 2012 7:36:31 AM

This is where the government is trying to pick winners and losers. Wind technologies are still in need of incentives after more than twenty years. Will solar be the same?
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Message Posted: Oct 17, 2012 7:35:45 AM

Hope they have the brains tohve the solar panels made in the USA
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Message Posted: Oct 17, 2012 7:35:07 AM

Okay!
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Message Posted: Oct 17, 2012 7:35:01 AM

We need to evaluate the profitability of these burgeoning industries before we continue to flush hundreds of millions of dollars down the drain.
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Message Posted: Oct 17, 2012 7:34:13 AM

While this is all fine and good... where will the solar panels come from, China?
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Message Posted: Oct 17, 2012 7:34:06 AM

We need more projects like this.
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Message Posted: Oct 17, 2012 7:33:41 AM

More tax money wasted
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Message Posted: Oct 17, 2012 7:33:28 AM

More Solar businesses getting our tax dollars which seem to be going bankrupt. This is Obama's energy policy. Vote the SOB out of office!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Message Posted: Oct 17, 2012 7:32:54 AM

Hopefully sooner rather than later.
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Message Posted: Oct 17, 2012 7:32:31 AM

Could be depends on the election how it progresses.
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Message Posted: Oct 17, 2012 7:31:27 AM

A combination of sun (daytime) and wind (when the sun sets) would provide a good mix. Of course, you still need either energy storage or generation capacity for these intermittent resources.
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Message Posted: Oct 17, 2012 7:31:15 AM

Useless
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Message Posted: Oct 17, 2012 7:30:22 AM

OK
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mh44s
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Message Posted: Oct 17, 2012 7:28:15 AM

Still need other power sources when the sun goes down.
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Message Posted: Oct 17, 2012 7:28:13 AM

limited appeal for using tax dollars.
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Message Posted: Oct 17, 2012 7:27:36 AM

Nothing is free.
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Message Posted: Oct 17, 2012 7:27:25 AM

Solar faces the same challenge as electric vehicles. Both need better rechargeable battery technology to make them practical.
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Message Posted: Oct 17, 2012 7:27:21 AM

Bring it!
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Message Posted: Oct 17, 2012 7:26:20 AM

There are large part of AZ owned by the Gov't which is pretty much worthless land, So setting up a large solar farm would make good use of that land. Our Land.
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Message Posted: Oct 17, 2012 7:26:17 AM

Building solar panels is still very expensive.
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All of this sustainable energy is lovely, but it should not have government subsidy. It is really only good if it stands on it's own economics.
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The sun still shines for free.
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OK
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