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Southwest needs power lines to become solar hub

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  • Screwdriver Casa Grande, AZ
    Sept. 19, 2012 2:46 a.m.

    If you just put the solar panels on your roof you decrease load on the powerlines.

    Mine have been up there for 6 years doing a great job. Solar panel prices are so low right now it's amazing. You could buy the panels to provide 100% of my home electricity for about $8000 now. $8000 for 30 years worth of electricity is about .02 cents a kilowatt hour.

    You just can't beat that.

  • DVD Taylorsville, 00
    Sept. 19, 2012 9:18 a.m.

    Infrastructure is necessary. Roads, power transmission, etc. The maintenance of it isn't always a headline grabber until it fails, but it's necessary for our standard of living.

  • Sensible Scientist Rexburg, ID
    Sept. 19, 2012 3:14 p.m.

    The same people who think the most expensive and least efficient option for electrical generation in the world -- also known as solar energy -- is the answer to environmental problems are the same ones who protest every proposed interstate power line.

    Photovoltaic panels are classified as toxic waste and must be recycled by expensive and highly specialized facilities. The manufacturing process produces toxic cadmium as a by-product. The amount of ground covered by the panels or mirrors ought to raise big red flags for honest environmentalists.

    The whole thing is fraught with hypocrisy, expense, bribery, and political favoritism.

  • Swiss Price, Utah
    Feb. 2, 2013 11:28 a.m.

    And those same people don't want them placed in the viewshed of any National Park, Monument, or WSA.