*Boomtown: A Solar Land Rush in the West*
#Harpers Magazine | Jan 2023
[Note: Catching up on the reading of the magazines piling up on my coffee table. Six months old, but a current topic.]
[Disclosure: I lived many years in Nevada and am familiar with the terrain as well as the boom/bust dichotomy of the state.]
Parliament fails to debate an amendment to the Energy Bill that would have limited the size of solar farms on high-grade agricultural land | Anthony Robinson
#Bats are avoiding #solarfarms and #scientists aren’t sure why
Story by Cristen Hemingway Jaynes, July 27, 2023
"A wildfire that started in #Klickitat County, Washington, on Friday afternoon destroyed more than 30,000 acres in less than a day and continues to grow as it feeds on brush, grass and forest vegetation.
"Fire crews are working to extinguish the #NewellRoadWildfire near #Bickleton, which has resulted in the evacuation of residents in the rural area, and is threatening #farms, #livestock, #homes and #wind and #SolarFarms, reported KOMO News.
"'It's very difficult terrain to fight fire,' said Allen Lebovitz, a spokesperson for the state's Department of Natural Resources, as Reuters reported. 'We are under a red flag warning. That's a #firefighter's worst nightmare because the #humidity is dropping precipitously. The winds are picking up. And so the fire carries extremely fast.'
"Lebovitz said the fire was heading in the direction of the #Yakama Indian Reservation."
Building 12 #solarfarms with battery storage to power EV charging as grid is pathetically slow.
People worry about solar farms tying up agricultural land that could be producing crops. However, the shade produced by panels can be ideal for growing some crops, including hops!
Right-wing nut jobs and the energy lobby is infecting the Southwestern Ohio region. This time, solar farms.
🔗 Clermont County divided over large solar farms as commissioners prepare to vote, some say 'No more solar'
If you have lived in a home with a trampoline in the backyard, you may have observed the unreasonably tall grass growing under it. This is because many crops, including these grasses, actually grow better when protected from the sun, to an extent.
And while the grass under your trampoline grows by itself, researchers in the field of solar photovoltaic technology — made up of solar cells that convert sunlight directly into electricity — have been working on shading large crop lands with solar panels — on purpose.
#Communitysolar is a fast-growing model for local #solarfarms that share the output with subscribers. This #renewableenergy model helps everyone in a #community save money on their #electricitybills and strengthens the grid at the same time. This system is gaining popularity, and if it continues to grow at the current rate, it could become a major player in our clean #energy future. It opens up #solar access to many Americans.
What’s more, vegetation between solar panel rows can also provide travel corridors, nesting sites and shelter for #wildlife. Management strategies are key to maximizing these benefits of solar farms.
Turning the Sahara into a solar farm
A simple idea that could bring in much-needed revenue to impoverished countries in the global south
Martin Deighton @eastangliabylines
Permission should not be given for coal mines. I don’t want to see problems arising from solar farms. I believe land for solar farms is designated Brown Site once the solar farm is defunct. I know of a Solar Farm site where the owner would likely use that designation to attempt to get planning permission for housing development. Not because it’s the best place for a development but because of profit. Such designations impact on the future of greenfield sites. #Mines #SolarFarms #Land #Renewables
@PoliticsPollss@twitter.com @DavidPurduedue@twitter.com Yes :)
@primonatura Where were these people when getting coal and oil out of the ground polluted land, water and air, and destroyed habitats? Were they outraged by oil spills like the Exxon Valdez that covered birds and other wildlife in oil?
Yes, every action has some effect on the environment around it, but can #SolarFarms really be more harmful to wildlife than fossil fuels? (Or are these 16 people really offended because the #solar farm is close enough to home that they can actually SEE it?)