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Solar power in America

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  • Center Left Democrat
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    Flagstaff, AZ
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    The New York Times published an excellent article yesterday about solar (and wind) power in Germany, which could be a model for the United States. Like many topics, opinions about solar energy tend to fall into partisan sides. Liberals tend to favor solar energy, and conservatives don't.

    I've incorporated the New York Times article and a few other facts into another article that expands on the New York Times article. It can be viewed by clicking on the link posted below:

    http://tohell-andback.blogspot.com/2014/09/put-it-where-sun-dont-shine.html
  • Democrat
    Missouri
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    My summer vacation was through the canyons and desert areas of Arizona, Colorado, Utah. Driving out there took me through Kansas where I saw the first of many wind farms while on vacation. I do feel that these massive wind farms are too much destroying the beauty of the mountains ahead and plains of the fields. However, I realize I would rather see wind farming than energy plants, especially coal fed plants. Last year remembering the sight of wind farms in the waters entering Copenhagen Denmark, Germany, Sweden, Norway, and Finland. The cruise line had to navigate a channel charted around the standing wind generator mountings in the water. Here again, these wind farms took away the beauty of the European ports. So, as a people, we sacrifice some environmental issues for the sake of supplying a clean energy source. Yes, this is better than a coal fired plant, but wind farms are pale in comparison to Nuclear Power.

    A new Nuclear Power plant is being developed currently that expends "ALL" nuclear material into safe waste. A young lady engineer which has perfected the design is working with a large company to build the first plant here in America. As it is known that wind farms do not have the ability to compete with a single nuclear power plant, the world will more likely see these wind farms come down in the future. The maintenance on these wind farms are intensive and those generators that run continuously will shut down for routine maintenance cycles, which is why you can see so many generators not rotating. Those generators not rotating are either broke or down for maintenance. The maintenance cycle sends a signal to the maintenance people that have to go on location and perform the maintenance. Although, nuclear power plants have a lot of maintenance the amount of energy that is provided is more than adequate to pay for service. Wind farms may die from excessive maintenance costs. There have been some wind farms damaged from tornados, which is huge loss to the providers of the wind farm.

    Nuclear power is getting much better in providing safe energy for customers. The older plants probably need to be replaced and new plants need to be built replacing coal fed plants.

    I did get an opportunity to discuss the wind farms with some farmers that had the land leasing to the wind farm providers. They are very happy! They get a payment for the use of their land anywhere from $1500-$3500 per year per wind mill and they still get to graze their live stock and grow crops as desired. It's a mutual benefit to both farming and wind farm energy production. For instance, a farmer that has several hundred acres leased for spacing several wind generator platforms could receive $1500 for each platform and having 100 platforms, the amount of payment is $150,000. That's pretty good for the farmer. Some of those range farmers have several thousands of acres and could expect business for a thousand wind generator platforms or more. That's good farming with no overhead, other than CPA that does the accounting.

    I'm advocating nuclear power more than wind farms.

  • Center Left Democrat
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    Flagstaff, AZ
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    Although this thread focuses on solar energy, wind power is a closely related topic.

    Texas is currently the leading producer of electricity by wind, but Kansas could be number 2, except for one inconvenient fact, and it's related to the Koch brothers.

    Since Wichita-based Koch Industries makes most of its money from oil and gas, the Koch brothers are leading the fight to repeal the federal tax credit for wind producers, even though their own company benefits from the tax credits. Their opposition comes largely due to the fact that they make a lot MORE money from the subsidies to oil companies

    http://america.aljazeera.com/articles/2014/9/19/kansas-wind-energybrownback.html
  • Independent
    Ft.myers, FL
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    that guy in Arizona Wrote: Although this thread focuses on solar energy, wind power is a closely related topic.

    Texas is currently the leading producer of electricity by wind, but Kansas could be number 2, except for one inconvenient fact, and it's related to the Koch brothers.

    Since Wichita-based Koch Industries makes most of its money from oil and gas, the Koch brothers are leading the fight to repeal the federal tax credit for wind producers, even though their own company benefits from the tax credits. Their opposition comes largely due to the fact that they make a lot MORE money from the subsidies to oil companies

    http://america.aljazeera.com/articles/2014/9/19/kansas-wind-energybrownback.html
    Guy, thanks. Again it shows that even in the most simple good things the "ugly" prevails like the Koch brothers. How in "hell" are we going to get a real democratic country this way. Slowly but surely we are moving to a dictorial state; already "money" runs the country and elections; add the "military" and "churches" then the picture is complete to make the rest of the population "robots" and "workers" for their cause.