I’m stoked, the United States (US) is getting a solar power plant. A really big one. “One that more than doubles all of U.S. solar output and can power at least 300,000 homes.” –msnbc
Right by my hometown of Palm Springs, CA, that being because it is the Mojave Desert and there a LOT of solar power waiting to be used ya.
And not only this one: “The project in the Mojave Desert near Blythe, Calif., is the sixth solar venture authorized on federal lands within the last month. All are in desert areas.” –msnbc
Sweeet. This is sweet, at least potentially. Truly Green Power.
NOW, that being said. This is a totally new industry, and a very inspiring one, how about doing the whole thing in a new way? The decent way. That would really be AMAZING and wonderful and is long over due, really.
Let's do This ! (Right)
Here are some ideas on how to approach NEW INDUSTRIES in the Information Age
One: ANY TOXIC WASTE
Be sure to build a sophisticated and quality storage /recycling system for any toxicity that is created and must be processed and contained.
The Blythe Solar Power Plant is facing opposition by some environmentalists due to wildlife concerns. -msnbc Good, experts on local wildlife have invaluable information and perspective that must be considered and factored in by builders. Big companies that realize these projects must budget for integration with the local wildlife in an non-traumatic fashion. It is time we climb out of the dark ages of burying animals alive and people for that matter in infrastructure projects, we have too much new technology at our disposal to not raise our dominating centered standards and start factoring humanity into what is built. And here in the US it is our tax money building this amazing stuff, let’s participate for goodness sakes.
Three: SOCIAL INTEGRATION
Make information about the plant available to the community/ and or online and offer a public relation service so that the local citizenry may feel comfortable sharing their home with the new Green Power Plant and know they have some kind of access and dialog with this enormous entity now sharing their community.
Four: SOURCE MATERIAL STANDARDS
We must demand that the panels used in the Solar Power Plant’s construction have been produced by a company that adheres to People Over Profits standards, let alone animals. Because if this plant uses materials that have been produced in a process that poisoned villages in China then we are facing a moral issue.
We have all the time in the world to build these new Solar Power Plants right from every angle. We must all think in new ways as we strive to build systems of infrastructure that will exist harmoniously with the people and animals who share it’s space.
We have the internets, with that comes responsibility to demand that new WONDERFUL infrastructure projects are built right. Not built by polluting, and by polluting I mean foul harmful filth that companies have no business directing into the villages and water supplies of our brothers on this planet. Jah Love.
Now for the shocker news, brace yourself…
The Most Ironic News I’ve Heard All Year ::
The Solar Energy Industry is
Polluting the Planet during
Production of Solar Panels.
Is money that THAT THHAAAAAT important on this planet really, is there anywhere this isn’t the case ? I’m sure, we’re all cool in pockets everywhere:) With that said, the Solar Industry needs some standards adjustments during this evolutionary process that is a new industry.
The new (AND HEEELL YEAH) industry is the production of Solar Panels. We harness the power of the Sun, voila, the NRG we need. But let’s take care, it’s the Sun, the most powerful entity/resource we know of, some reverence might even be in order. At any rate, it is a Green Industry and really should be treated as such. Like have some good decent standards in the production process, like recycling chemicals, and proper storage of these toxic materials in the interum, and not dump them into people’s water supplies. It sounds fairly obvious, but when profits are the NUMBER 1 priority, it colors the picture and influences people’s perceptions of it. You know ?
If you were not aware, China pawns the budding Solar Panel Production scene. And they are having some issues with polluting villages and streams with toxic chemicals that are part of the manufacturing process. There are numerous civilian protests happening to oppose this (from what I have read online).
Here is a section of an article I read about this issue. Peace !
“Many of the solar panels that now adorn European and American rooftops have left behind a legacy of toxic pollution in Chinese villages and farmlands.
The Post article describes how Luoyang Zhonggui, a major Chinese polysilicon manufacturer, is dumping toxic factory waste directly on to the lands of neighboring villages, killing crops and poisoning residents. Other polysilicon factories in the country have similar problems, either because they have not installed effective pollution control equipment or they are not operating these systems to full capacity. Polysilicon is a key component of the sunlight-capturing wafers used in solar photovoltaic (PV) cells.”
You can read the rest of the article at :: Environmental News Network
And there is a pretty good amount of press about it if you care to follow the situation Just search : “China solar power pollution”
This snipped from :: “The Dirty Side of a “Green” Industry” by Yingling Liu – manager of the China Program at the Worldwatch Institute, a Washington-D.C. based environmental research organization.
* Headline quote from Barak Obama