Friday, August 17, 2012

Solar Energy Planning

Argonne supports solar energy planning in Southwest
August 14, 2012 - The US Departments of the Interior (DOI) and Energy (DOE) have reached a milestone in their efforts to accelerate solar energy development on public lands in Arizona, California, Colorado, Nevada, New Mexico and Utah — a corner of the country where the sun shines strong and hard.

With support from Argonne National Laboratory’s Environmental Science division, the federal agencies have issued the Final Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement for Solar Energy Development in Six Southwestern States (Solar PEIS), a report that outlines specific locations, permitting processes, incentives, mitigation strategies and adaptive management plans for solar energy development.

Part of the administration's "all-of-the-above" energy strategy, the Solar PEIS represents a major step forward in diversifying the country’s energy portfolio. The document provides a roadmap for informed solar energy development that avoids, minimizes and mitigates biological, ecological, cultural, scenic and socioeconomic impacts. read more>>>

One such use of planning, but not here in the U.S., that actually helps in two ways as it uses what already exists in some areas and cities

This solar panel laid on the vast stretches of agricultural channels in Gujarat India generates 1 MW of electricity per KM & prevents evaporation of 1 crore (10,000,000) liters of water every year.

Obama Administration Releases Roadmap for Solar : Executive Summary

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