Solar power plant coming to Carlsbad

Solar power plant coming to Carlsbad

There are 15 comments on the Carlsbad Current-Argus story from Apr 1, 2011, titled Solar power plant coming to Carlsbad. In it, Carlsbad Current-Argus reports that:

The first of five regional solar power plants is quietly taking shape south of here on a site near the Carlsbad Airport.

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FYI

Carlsbad, NM

#1 Apr 2, 2011
"With a capacity of 50 megawatts, the five facilities comprising the sites will represent the largest solar generating project in North America."

Thank you for the article. Keep them coming.

But, sorry, I must offer a correction of fact. This is NOT the largest solar energy generating project in the US. The Blythe project, being developed by Solar Millennium, a German solar developer, is slated for more than 7,000 acres of public land near the Arizona border, some 225 miles east of Los Angeles - will produce 1000 megawatts! It will be part of an eventual 3000 MW installation (already approved)--i.e., 60 times bigger than that planned for Carlsbad.

What it MAY be is the largest PHOTOVOLTAIC-based solar energy installation so far.

This not to detract from this project, which will be a GREAT blessing for Carlsbad, and go a long way toward giving us energy reliability & security, and, I hasten to add, with NONE of the grotesquely demonstrated drawbacks of nuclear (long lead times to build, high costs, toxic waste, vulnerability to unforeseen events (Japan), and, when all the mining, refining, and processing the fuel are taken account of, a hugely greater carbon footprint.

GO SOLAR!
need more info

Carlsbad, NM

#2 Apr 2, 2011
FYI wrote:
"With a capacity of 50 megawatts, the five facilities comprising the sites will represent the largest solar generating project in North America."
Thank you for the article. Keep them coming.
But, sorry, I must offer a correction of fact. This is NOT the largest solar energy generating project in the US. The Blythe project, being developed by Solar Millennium, a German solar developer, is slated for more than 7,000 acres of public land near the Arizona border, some 225 miles east of Los Angeles - will produce 1000 megawatts! It will be part of an eventual 3000 MW installation (already approved)--i.e., 60 times bigger than that planned for Carlsbad.
What it MAY be is the largest PHOTOVOLTAIC-based solar energy installation so far.
This not to detract from this project, which will be a GREAT blessing for Carlsbad, and go a long way toward giving us energy reliability & security, and, I hasten to add, with NONE of the grotesquely demonstrated drawbacks of nuclear (long lead times to build, high costs, toxic waste, vulnerability to unforeseen events (Japan), and, when all the mining, refining, and processing the fuel are taken account of, a hugely greater carbon footprint.
GO SOLAR!
KISS.... how many homes (average) will this pro?ject electrify?

what will I do at night, if I should desire light

where is the storage facility for the daytime solar rays?
Carlsbad Ex

United States

#3 Apr 2, 2011
Look it up. This information is on line, similar to those already in use around the country.
qwerty keyboard

Phoenix, AZ

#4 Apr 2, 2011
go solar!
Really

Carlsbad, NM

#5 Apr 2, 2011
How could the person that started the thread be spam?
Forgot Something

Carlsbad, NM

#6 Apr 3, 2011
All well and good, but how much is this energy going to cost? How expensive are the start up costs for this technology? Yes, we need to save the planet, cannot put a price on that, but ... will the average use need to budget more for the electric bill?
Too funny

Odessa, TX

#7 Apr 3, 2011
Forgot Something wrote:
All well and good, but how much is this energy going to cost? How expensive are the start up costs for this technology? Yes, we need to save the planet, cannot put a price on that, but ... will the average use need to budget more for the electric bill?
This ole hunk of rock is gonna be around along time after humans are gone.

Save the planet..........poor poor mother earth..........give me a break.

These idiots play on your heart strings to suck more money out of your pocket..........PT Barnum was dead on.

It's for the children
It's for the planet.

The planet?
Carlsbad resident

Carlsbad, NM

#8 Apr 3, 2011
I have no idea how much it will cost but i can guarantee they will charge a LOT more than it cost THEM TO PRODUCE THEM. Price gouging will be rampant.
Not Sure

Mayhill, NM

#9 Apr 4, 2011
Have you seen how much a bag of Chips cost now? Health care and food cost are going to be RAMPANT!!!!

Since: Nov 09

Location hidden

#10 Apr 4, 2011
Thanks for the helpful clarification. All good news.
FYI wrote:
"With a capacity of 50 megawatts, the five facilities comprising the sites will represent the largest solar generating project in North America."
Thank you for the article. Keep them coming.
But, sorry, I must offer a correction of fact. This is NOT the largest solar energy generating project in the US. The Blythe project, being developed by Solar Millennium, a German solar developer, is slated for more than 7,000 acres of public land near the Arizona border, some 225 miles east of Los Angeles - will produce 1000 megawatts! It will be part of an eventual 3000 MW installation (already approved)--i.e., 60 times bigger than that planned for Carlsbad.
What it MAY be is the largest PHOTOVOLTAIC-based solar energy installation so far.
This not to detract from this project, which will be a GREAT blessing for Carlsbad, and go a long way toward giving us energy reliability & security, and, I hasten to add, with NONE of the grotesquely demonstrated drawbacks of nuclear (long lead times to build, high costs, toxic waste, vulnerability to unforeseen events (Japan), and, when all the mining, refining, and processing the fuel are taken account of, a hugely greater carbon footprint.
GO SOLAR!

Since: Nov 09

Location hidden

#11 Apr 4, 2011
Somebody didn't like the anti-nuclear sentiment. Anonymous ratings are so abusable.
Really wrote:
How could the person that started the thread be spam?
fightforthetruth

Mayhill, NM

#12 Apr 4, 2011
I can't believe it's taken so long to get something like this here. Honestly NM should be full of windmills and solar power plants as it has lots of space, wind and sunshine. Glad to see this coming here :)
fightforthetruth

Mayhill, NM

#13 Apr 4, 2011
Too funny wrote:
<quoted text>
This ole hunk of rock is gonna be around along time after humans are gone.
Save the planet..........poor poor mother earth..........give me a break.
These idiots play on your heart strings to suck more money out of your pocket..........PT Barnum was dead on.
It's for the children
It's for the planet.
The planet?
It's nice that you live in a fantasy world where no matter what you do to the planet it just keeps on the way it always has...guess the whole global warming thing eludes you as well as the melting icecaps are causing detrimental effects to our wildlife which will in turn cause detrimental effects to people.

I do agree with one thing you said though, they will charge way too much and will keep charging it long after the start-up costs are paid for, humans are greedy but we should still try to preserve our resources and utilize ones that are so abundant such as sunshine. We have used this earth as our personal sewer and dumpster and it shows, it's time to think of "poor mother earth" for a change
clem

Ashburn, VA

#14 Jan 3, 2012
with all the sunshine and wind, its a natural for the state.
Global warming is crap.

Lea county seems to want nothing but nuclear waste.
clem

Ashburn, VA

#15 Jan 3, 2012
a nuclear power plant cost last year was based at 8 billion dollars; give or take cost over runs

gas fired electricity plant at 800 million

so if people want solar or wind, why not?

The new nuke plants in 2011 at 14 billion

Theres room for wind and sun

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