Mayor Dave Bieter announced Wednesday that Sunergy
World -- a local company that specializes in biomass, wind and
solar energy products -- is partnering with the city to build a
$45 million solar
power plant, and construction could start as
soon as this fall.
plant will be the first
solar facility in Idaho, and will be located near the Boise
Airport at a brownfield site. According to Robert Cavazos, Sunergy
World director of project development, the plant is "expected to
produce 10 megawatts of power, enough to power 1,200 homes annually."
World has agreed to both lease
the land from the city and oversee construction of the solar
fields through all phases. Phase one consists of large solar
panels being placed on top of "what are basically carports,"
while phase two consists of building a manufacturing facility to
store them (this will be located on top of the old city landfill). A
spokesperson for Sunergy World said, "the company is in the
process of firming up any remaining details."
addition, the solar panels will be provided by Transform Solar,
a Micron-owned company.
his State of the City address on Wednesday, Bieter talked about the
importance of Boise
becoming a greener, environmentally-aware city and how he
hopes "the project will serve as a catalyst for the construction
or relocation of more renewable energy projects and developers to the
also about $45 million circulating in our economy, it's jobs for
local workers, but maybe most importantly it's our first pretty
substantial step forward towards that industry, and it's an industry
that we really want to be a part of," said Bieter.
solar power plant is expected to bring in approximately 40
new jobs, 20 of which are in construction and the other 20 would
be available when the plant is complete. It has been determined that
private investors will fund the plant.
construction of the solar power plant is expected to take one year.
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quote: Your problem with the pie scenario is that it is not as simple as pie. So by your analogy the one who picked the berries, created the fire, made the dough or baked the pie should also split it evenly with someone who just happened to be standing there watching?? The same goes for the Oil concept even though it is a scarce resource the one that invests their time and resources into getting the oil has a right to be compensated fairly. When their are few pieces of the pie left and it's too expensive to keeping the pie the free market will create new deserts for us too eat.
quote: Honestly though after reading on to see that Idaho is getting most of their power from hydroelectric, I can't see this project as living up to its claims of providing a better source of energy in any form or fashion. If it were replacing a decrepit old coal plant with no filters then even at higher rates it would be making some form of positive impact, but to simply supplement hydro, what's the advantage?
quote: The earliest part of this country was founded on that basis. When something becomes economically feasible the market will provide it.
quote: In 50 years that company could be the next
quote: A clear definition of an “environmentalist” would be
quote: In many cases in history, the government is the only way certain things that are necessary can get started BECAUSE they are not economically feasible at the time. This means industry won't invest
quote: I'm sure you're "forced" to pay for roads you don't use, but I don't hear you complaining about that. These arguments that tax dollars should be used only for what YOU deem necessary to YOUR life are ridiculous.
quote: If they aren't economically feasible then they aren't necessary, I have never heard of a single society or system that did not create something such as the case we have here with this scenario, that was necessary for their survival simply because it was too expensive. Your own idea that it was necessary invalidates the idea that it was not economically feasible.
quote: I for one would like to start on a solution now, before alternatives are "economically viable"
quote: In many cases in history, the government is the only way certain things that are necessary
quote: Have you done anything personally? Do you have solar panels on your house? Do you bike to work? Do you follow a vegetarian/vegan lifestyle? Or are you just a hypocrite who wants to buy solar panels with other people's money?
quote: So I guess that means I'm not a hypocrite.
quote: I agree with you that nuclear is a feasible option, but that would require construction to start NOW if we want to have reactors online by 2020. I don't see that happening, especially with the current NIMBY-ism that is present in this country (across all regions and political leanings).
quote: Come on, you can make that argument about anything we are forced to pay for like Wars in countries that are not winnable, or taxes for services we some of us don't need or want.
quote: You are going ot pay one way or the other, like the oil spill in the Gulf.
quote: So you must have a big problem with the $20 billion annual subsidies that get paid to US farmers then?
quote: Its great that you build your own roads, schools, ports, airports, power and communications infrastructure, recruit your own police, army and emergency services personnel too, instead of letting a nasty government take control of it.
quote: The idea is that electric and hybrids evolve and become commonplace at the same time as alternative electricity generation.
quote: According to Robert Cavazos, Sunergy World director of project development, the plant is "expected to produce 10 megawatts of power, enough to power 1,200 homes annually."
quote: "expected to produce 10 megawatts of power --->, <--- enough to power 1,200 homes annually."