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Solar Energy: As the Cost of This Resource Becomes More Competitive with Other Renewable Resources, Applications to Construct Solar Power Plants Should Increase
Solar Energy: As the Cost of This Resource Becomes

 
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By Elaine M. Howle (ed)
Year: 2008
Pages: 49
Binding Paperback

Product Code: 1437924581

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The Calif. State Auditor has studied the siting and permitting of large solar power plants — those of at least 50 megawatts — and related transmission lines. This report concludes that although the State has set goals for increasing the use of electricity generated from renewable sources such as wind, geothermal, and solar, several factors have contributed to the lack of development of solar power plants. These factors include the lower cost of electricity generated from other renewable sources, the need for large investments in land and infrastructure, and an unproductive incentive system designed to help firms that generate power from renewable sources meet their costs. However, actions by the State and a changing energy market appear to have spurred interest in solar power plants in Calif. This review also concluded that a developer wishing to build a new large solar power plant generally will follow one of four possible approval tracks, depending on the type of plant proposed and the government agency that has jurisdiction over the land on which the new plant will be built. Each track has three primary components: land use review, environmental review, and review of related infrastructure such as new or upgraded transmission lines and interconnection to the power grid. Figures.

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