Yes I know about the fire at the Chevron Plant in the Bay area and what that adds to the idea that the oil and gas industry is purposely taking gasoline processing capacity offline as demand for gasoline falls to keep prices high. But solar is so much more peaceful and zen like.
This type of progress is just stunning. We are on the way to becoming a renewable country. Now if the rest of the world will follow suit.
New Mexico’s largest solar plant opens in Carlsbad
Posted at: 09/22/2011 6:10 PM | Updated at: 09/22/2011 6:16 PM
By: Joe Bartels, KOB Eyewitness News 4
Carlsbad officials unveiled the largest solar power project in New Mexico on Thursday.
Three of the five solar power plants in Southeast New Mexico went online, feeding enough electricity over the next 20 years to power almost 200,000 homes.
Eddy and Lea counties added the additional energy source to their already impressive portfolio.
“We have, of course, nuclear, we have bio fuels being produced down here, a vibrant oil and gas industry that’s doing fantastic and now we have solar,” said John Waters of Eddy County Economic Development.
The 100 acres of photovoltaic panels will track the sun’s movement in the sky for the next 20 to 30 years.
It’s all part of a plan to create clean, renewable energy and jobs.
“What we have is a facility that employed people for a significant amount of time, and will continue to do so over the next 20 to 30 years,” said Robert Reichenberger, Sun Edison spokesperson. “These panels and this facility are expected to last that long so we will continue to need people on the jobsite to monitor the project.”
Out of the three power plants online, two of them are in Jal and one is in Carlsbad.
The two offline – in Eunice and Monument – are expected to be generating power by the end of 2011.
“It shows we’re ahead of the rest of the state in this type of energy production and we like to think of ourselves in Southeastern New Mexico, particularly Eddy County as being a major contributor to the energy industries across the country,” said Waters.
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