profplump: RastaKins: Already happening: paying to attach carbon atoms on those oxygen atoms.You're not paying to attach the carbon. You're paying to release the combination back into the atmosphere. If you want to make CO2 for storage or some other use there's no carbon tax to be paid -- you just aren't allowed to treat the atmosphere as your own private fluid trash pile for free.
rolladuck: flondrix: Maud Dib: Snows a lot in the Winter around there. And the Summer monsoons are like clockwork. Not seeing much sense in building solar there.Other than the 300 sunny days a year. And keeping snow off of a steeply sloped, black surface is easier than you might think. My parents use solar to heat their house in Colorado and getting the snow off of the panels is one thing they never have to worry about, if you don't mind being woken by an avalanche shortly after sunrise.See that that valley below the center of Colorado, marked in red to indicate optimum solar availability? That's the area they're talking about:[www.c2es.org image 809x625]Don't even think about using that prime real estate in southern Nevada or California, though. The air force doesn't like what those giant fields of collector panels or the wind turbines (for wind power) do to their radars. If you're within 300 miles of Las Vegas, Edwards AFB, or China Lake, you'll be messing up those precious little radar systems in our modern jets! And we can't be trying to secure our energy future, when we have to practice bombing brown people, so that we can secure our energy future.
flondrix: soakitincider: I would rather my power producing equipment be on property that i own.And you can do that, unless your homeowner's association thinks solar panels look "icky". Of course, that precludes using that land for farming or having a lawn. You can, however, put the panels higher up and use the shaded area underneath. The nice thing about putting the panels out in the middle of a desert somewhere is that they can take up space on cheap land than no one will miss.
Teufel Ritter: But solar developers will spend their money developing the best places first. Once this good place becomes the best due to development taking up better spots, then development will occur.
ZAZ: Treygreen13The site for your graph implies it's used for insurance risk rating.In New England the building codes don't even consider those tornado wind speeds. Residential code in Connecticut (when I looked in the mid-1990s) was to withstand barely hurricane force, more or less, with 90+ mph required along Long Island Sound where a hurricane could hit at strength.
edmo: Treygreen13: Come on, people. This is quality surface area. In some places you'd pay double or triple what we're asking for this particular plane of area exposed to the sun.Well, sure, but in this particular area there really isn't a lot of demand. I can give give you $300.
Teufel Ritter: Treygreen13: jtown: There's whole chunks of empty Arizona, New Mexico, and Texas where I don't have to worry about snow, earthquakes, tornadoes, hurricanes, etc.Well, some of Texas.[smokeys-trail.com image 624x417]That graphic shows killer events, not total events. It therefore is weighted too far east near more densely populated areas. For building solar installations you want to look at total events whether killer or not.
Treygreen13: jtown: There's whole chunks of empty Arizona, New Mexico, and Texas where I don't have to worry about snow, earthquakes, tornadoes, hurricanes, etc.Well, some of Texas.[smokeys-trail.com image 624x417]
jtown: There's whole chunks of empty Arizona, New Mexico, and Texas where I don't have to worry about snow, earthquakes, tornadoes, hurricanes, etc.
Maud Dib: Snows a lot in the Winter around there. And the Summer monsoons are like clockwork. Not seeing much sense in building solar there.
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