Photo essay – World’s largest solar farm

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Spain has made renewable energy a top priority. The government has paid over $76 billion in subsidies for clean energy projects since 1998.

And the investment has paid off: 42% of Spain’s electricity came from renewable sources in 2013, according to the country’s grid operator. The majority comes from wind power, but solar provided 13% of the country’s energy and is increasingly becoming a bigger part of the pie…

❝Spain is also home to the largest solar farm in the world, Andasol.

Here’s how Spain’s largest solar farm works — and why it could be a model for the future of energy around the world.

Click through to the article here. Lovely photos of the world’s largest solar farm.

2 thoughts on “Photo essay – World’s largest solar farm

  1. Cletus says:

    “The citizens of Woodland, N.C. have spoken loud and clear: They don’t want none of them highfalutin solar panels in their good town. They scare off the kids. “All the young people are going to move out,” warned Bobby Mann, a local resident concerned about the future of his burg. Worse, Mann said, the solar panels would suck up all the energy from the Sun.
    Another resident—a retired science teacher, no less—expressed concern that a proposed solar farm would block photosynthesis, and prevent nearby plants from growing. Jane Mann then went on to add that there seemed to have been a lot of cancer deaths in the area, and that no one could tell her solar panels didn’t cause cancer. “I want information,” Mann said. “Enough is enough.”
    These comments were reported not in The Onion, but rather by the Roanoke-Chowan News-Herald. They came during a Woodland Town Council meeting in which Strata Solar Company sought to rezone an area northeast of the town, off of US Highway 258, to build a solar farm. The council not only rejected the proposal, it went a step further, voting for a complete moratorium on solar farms.”

  2. Nikola says:

    In Weld County Colorado, not all energy production is created equal. If a proposed ordinance goes through, solar farms won’t enjoy the same access to agriculturally zoned land — which covers about 75 percent of the county — that oil and gas drilling and coal mining enjoy. The potential law requires all solar facilities sit on land zoned industrial, which is more expensive to lease. The change in code – as it’s written now – would keep residents who own farmland from allowing companies to install small solar projects on their land, and it would keep solar companies from buying property to turn into solar facilities.
    SunShare, a small Denver-based solar company that works with Xcel Energy, has plans to install three small facilities (12 acres or less) in Weld in 2016, but that’s unlikely if the ordinance is approved. Smaller operations like these work like community gardens; they let people who don’t have the resources for solar panels – apartment dwellers or people with weak roofs – invest in off-site solar panels and have the money they raise knocked off their power bill. Community solar gardens typically span 6-9 acres and produce 1-2 megawatts of energy, enough to power about 190 houses. Large commercial facilities produce from 10-150 MW and can cover hundreds of acres. Also, even though the solar farms would be on ag land, they would pay property taxes as industrial operations, which are charged a much higher rate.
    See also “Utilities’ Anti-Solar Campaign and Misinformation Debunked” (May 2015)

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