mm307: Practical solar power from the desert

March 6, 2008

MUDGE’s Musings

Alternative energy technology has been of continuing interest in this nanocorner of the ‘Sphere©. One of our favorite posts discussed the emerging technology in some detail.

Today’s most emailed article out of the NYTimes details another take on solar power, from the Nevada desert. No shortage of sand, or, even better, sun. And much more predictable than wind (another topic we’ve looked at several times, most recently here).

solardesert

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mm294: Making the world unsafe for bats and birds

February 23, 2008

MUDGE’s Musings

Wind power, as are all alternatives to our majority present day power generation technologies, is of increasing interest, especially as coal-fired power and nuclear power plants are presently deemed obnoxious.

This nanocorner of the ‘Sphere© has covered alternative energy a number of times, and wind power specifically, most recently here and here.

Today’s NYTimes journeys to Texas to find the fastest growing region for wind power generation, since nothing, but nothing is done by half in Texas (except, perhaps, the wits of our sitting President, most proud of his Texas origin).

nytimes

The Energy Challenge

Move Over, Oil, There’s Money in Texas Wind

By CLIFFORD KRAUSS | Published: February 23, 2008

SWEETWATER, Tex. — The wind turbines that recently went up on Louis Brooks’s ranch are twice as high as the Statue of Liberty, with blades that span as wide as the wingspan of a jumbo jet. More important from his point of view, he is paid $500 a month apiece to permit 78 of them on his land, with 76 more on the way.

“That’s just money you’re hearing,” he said as they hummed in a brisk breeze recently.

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