Solyndra (et. al.) Part III

On 140 acres of unused land on Nellis Air Forc...

On 140 acres of unused land on Nellis Air Force Base Image via Wikipedia

The Solyndra thing just keeps going on. I notice today that DOE has made some other Solar energy loans.

DOE announced a $737 million loan guarantee to help finance construction of the Crescent Dunes Solar Energy Project, a 110-megawatt solar-power-generating facility in Nye County, Nev. The project is sponsored by Tonopah Solar, a subsidiary of California-based SolarReserve.

The Energy Department said the project will result in 600 construction jobs and 45 permanent jobs…

The Energy Department also announced that it had finalized a separate $337 million loan guarantee to Sempra Energy for a 150-megawatt photovoltaic solar-generation project in Arizona.

The project will result in 300 construction jobs, DOE said.

Let’s see, that totals 260 Megawatts of power which is enough power to power the houses (only) in Brooklyn. But only in the daytime for $1.074 Billion. Oh, and it will create a whole 45 permanent jobs.

Could there be Democratic connections in this? Of course there could. Andrew Stiles at The Corner has the story via Ben Domenech’s The Transom.

It gets messier and messier.


More on Solar Power…

and why I don’t work with it.

There are several reasons, the main one being that it just doesn’t make sense for my customers, except in a few cases such as electric fences, possibly a very isolated cattle tank, and a few others.

But if you need an appreciable amount of power, it’s ROI is so long you will be starting over before you pay it off. There are tax rebates available, Federal and state which may help, if your making that much money. I have read NPPD‘s manual for interconnection and it is expensive and complicated. Can it be done, sure. If you are a greenie instead of a practical Nebraskan like me. Heck, I’ll even help you. after all, my ROI on labor and materials sold is not too shabby but; I won’t recommend it. Steve Maley has a lot to say this morning also, I suggest you read it.

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