Exelon plans to build solar power plant on Chicago's South Side

An aerial-view rendering of the proposed Exelon Chicago Solar Power Plant. Exelon Corp. Full Story
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JBS

Staten Island, NY

#1 Apr 21, 2009
I'm betting it's only a matter of time before some environmentalist finds a problem with this plan. After all, this project will generate energy. And that will power modern machinery. And that cannot be allowed, or the Earth will die.
vicky kross

Roswell, NM

#2 Apr 21, 2009
never mind Chicago come to Roswell New Mexico. We have much more sun than either Germany or Chicago
Cyclone

Addison, IL

#3 Apr 21, 2009
Nice move by Exelon. It'll get them attention, and they can put another page on "committing to green energy" in the annual report, but that's about it.

The article draws comparisons to Midwest Generation's Crawford station, which is a 542 MW plant. That's pretty wimpy compared to Exelon's nuclear plants; Braidwood, LaSalle, and Byron are all 2,200+ MW each. Solar panels would be a drop in the bucket, but a very expensive drop.

You want to make a difference? Build a nuclear plant and you could shut down 3 coal plants. Is that the lesser evil of pollution? Who knows?
Sol

Chicago, IL

#4 Apr 21, 2009
There's no sun here. You'd think that Exelon, being a Chicago company, would know that. I wonder if they just want federal money?

“Go Cubs Go!”

Since: Sep 07

Homewood

#5 Apr 21, 2009
vicky kross wrote:
never mind Chicago come to Roswell New Mexico. We have much more sun than either Germany or Chicago
More sun light yes, but no you have little population and are located in B.F.E....

It should be required that all flat roofed big box buildings have solar panel arrays. Whole Foods is already implementing this idea on all of its stores. Think of all the flat roofed warehouses, distribution centers, retail outlets, grocery stores,public structures, etc. etc. in the Chicago land area would be ideal for this.

It benefits us all by producing a percentage of the power at the place it is going to be used. This is huge since a large portion of electricity is lost when it is transmitted over long distances on transmission lines from traditional large scale power plants. Plus the power is generated at peak power usage times (Day time), which also mean the most expensive time of the day to buy electricity.
richb

Highland, IN

#6 Apr 21, 2009
solar energy will remain a niche source since the panels haven't gotten affordable enough yet, and it looks unlikely to get cheaper anytime soon. Pretty expensive for the amount of power made, it will take a long time to pay for itself even with a government handout.
This is a joke

Champaign, IL

#7 Apr 22, 2009
Build more nuclear
Cadillac

Willowbrook, IL

#8 Apr 22, 2009
In the election I was promised 2 things:

"We will build more nuclear power plants"

and

"I will go through the budget line by line with a scalpel."
.
Seeing Obama didnt even read the 1,100 page stimulous bill before signing it.
.
Im not holding my breath on those nuclear reactors.
TAKH

Arlington Heights, IL

#9 Apr 22, 2009
No more nukes.
Mark

Hometown, IL

#11 Apr 22, 2009
@JBS: I'm betting it's only a matter of time before some neocon decides that we can't have alternative energy in Chicago.
wow

Riverdale, IL

#12 Apr 22, 2009
Looks like the USA is starting (slowly) to catch up to what China has been doing for years. Yeah for American leadership!
Skep Tackle

Palos Hills, IL

#13 Apr 22, 2009
I don't see what people are complaining about. As with any new technology the initial cost is high. How many people out there bought a flat panel TV when they were first introduced and paid big bucks for the privilage. I recently bought a 22" F.P. TV for $200.00! The same unit last year was selling for $450.00! With time the technology will be perfected, competition will rise and the cost will come down.
Pelon

Harvey, IL

#14 Apr 22, 2009
It's a start! I'm all for it!
Keith

Arlington, VA

#15 Apr 22, 2009
I'm a conservative and I am for taking care of the planet, but our focus should be realistic. There is no way that we will be able to develop 20% of our power from "Renewable Sources" in 11 years. That is a dream. Nuclear could go a long way in helping us to cut carbon emissions, but leave it to "environmentalists" to back us into a corner for energy.
Greg

Chicago, IL

#16 Apr 22, 2009
vicky kross wrote:
never mind Chicago come to Roswell New Mexico. We have much more sun than either Germany or Chicago
Too many UFO's for me. I like it in Chicago where the word "alien" has a different meaning.
Matt Stephens

Glenview, IL

#17 Apr 22, 2009
I hope this creates a goodly number of gainful jobs for south-siders. We can fight the energy, pollution, and economic problems all at once. Now that's what I call a recovery plan.
WalricoJohn

Valrico, FL

#18 Apr 22, 2009
wow wrote:
Looks like the USA is starting (slowly) to catch up to what China has been doing for years. Yeah for American leadership!
This is what China has been doing:
>>>Coal makes up 69 percent of China's total primary energy consumption, and China is both the
largest consumer and producer of coal in the world.
In 2004, China consumed 2.1
billion short tons of coal, representing more than one third of the world total and a 46 percent
increase since 2002. Coal consumption has been on the rise in China over the last five years,
reversing the decline seen from 1997 to 2000.
Environmental pollution from fossil fuel combustion is damaging
human health, air and water quality, agriculture, and ultimately the economy. Many of China’s
cities are among the most polluted in the world. China is the world’s second-largest source of
carbon dioxide emissions behind the United States.<<<< http://www.eia.doe.gov/emeu/cabs/China/pdf.pd...
active

Wheeling, IL

#19 Apr 22, 2009
This is wonderful. But exactly where is it?
Brian

United States

#20 Apr 22, 2009
This is in the area bordered by 120th, 121st, Halsted, and Loomis Sts.
Nick

Mundelein, IL

#21 Apr 22, 2009
JBS wrote:
I'm betting it's only a matter of time before some environmentalist finds a problem with this plan. After all, this project will generate energy. And that will power modern machinery. And that cannot be allowed, or the Earth will die.
Not to mention the amount of energy needed to maintain this solar plant will nearly equal the amount of energy is draws.

I dont even know where to begin with the stupidity of this project.

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