Exelon plans to build solar power pla...

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

There are 86 comments on the Chicago Tribune story from Apr 21, 2009, titled Exelon plans to build solar power plant on Chicago's South Side. In it, Chicago Tribune reports that:

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

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Glenview, IL

#88 Apr 24, 2009
Joe wrote:
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So you are saying stop imports from China? What a typical No Bama supporter.
I'm only saying that open competition is fine but to do so by paying pennies an hour with no worker benefits and no overhead for proper disposal of toxic material is not fair competition. Doesn't it bother you that this toxic material could enter the food chain? Perhaps it will end up in some of your child's or favorite pets food. Imports should have to meet the same standards as products produced here. Running your business to another country because you don't want to pay a living wage or don't want to pay the costs of not polluting the environment is not good for anyone.

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Homewood

#89 Apr 24, 2009
Chicagoboy wrote:
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That's an attractive idea. But here is another question: How does one keep the panels clean and clear for the sun to get through to their insides? Our house and car windows get dirty and streaked, particularly during the winter. Crud would build up on them, too. Would each panel have to contain a windshield wiper system?
The obvious solution is a guy with a squeegee and a bottle of Windex. The solar fields in the South West are routinely washed every couple of weeks because of all the dust. Small price to pay for clean cheap energy over a 50 year time span..
Chicagoboy

El Dorado Hills, CA

#90 Apr 25, 2009
Northside Neuman wrote:
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The obvious solution is a guy with a squeegee and a bottle of Windex. The solar fields in the South West are routinely washed every couple of weeks because of all the dust. Small price to pay for clean cheap energy over a 50 year time span..
And so what happens if you put them up on your roof? Does that mean the homeowner has to go up there every couple of weeks or months and clean the panels? I am not playing games here. I love the idea of solar panels generating electricity but I am concerned about the possible problems of actually using them. Given your suggestion, I can see a big field of panels being much easier to maintain and keep efficient (as in the Southwest) than solar panels up on top of individual buildings in Chicago.

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Since: Sep 07

Homewood

#91 Apr 27, 2009
Chicagoboy wrote:
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And so what happens if you put them up on your roof? Does that mean the homeowner has to go up there every couple of weeks or months and clean the panels? I am not playing games here. I love the idea of solar panels generating electricity but I am concerned about the possible problems of actually using them. Given your suggestion, I can see a big field of panels being much easier to maintain and keep efficient (as in the Southwest) than solar panels up on top of individual buildings in Chicago.
Ladder and your garden hose.. Or pay the neighbors kid $10 bucks to do it.
Chicagoboy

El Dorado Hills, CA

#92 Apr 28, 2009
Northside Neuman wrote:
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Ladder and your garden hose.. Or pay the neighbors kid $10 bucks to do it.
Thanks for the ideas. It will be interesting to see how this plays out.
Lisa

Niles, IL

#93 Apr 28, 2009
Chicagoboy wrote:
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Thanks for the ideas. It will be interesting to see how this plays out.
Actually, mother nature will do a fine job on a typical residentail panel. The Exelon system will need to be hyper efficinet because of the cost/investment. Their bigger maintenance issue will be the dual tracking system as moving parts exposed to elements are a bigger problem than dust. In Illinois where our energy is so cheap, a little dust is negligable compared to the potenial danger of cleaning them on a roof. Snow is actually a bigger worry and you just know going into it that there are some hurdles that will slightly diminish performance. Again, you can't quite compare residential to the enormity of this commercial project. All is good in Chicago, just takes a little thought.

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