Don’t take up huge swaths of land-

I found this video that shows solar power underway with a deemphasis on remote solar collection in land-destroying mega-farm and vast transmission lines to electricity load centers.

Orchards of the sun on space.com.  Let’s hope Obama will go this route. Not only is it better for our environment, it will distribute the jobs more widely.

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Ralph Maughan

Dr. Ralph Maughan is professor emeritus of political science at Idaho State University with specialties in natural resource politics, public opinion, interest groups, political parties, voting and elections. Aside from academic publications, he is author or co-author of three hiking/backpacking guides, and he is President of the Western Watersheds Project.

One Response to The right way to do solar power

  1. avatar Salle says:

    And furthermore, there’s this:

    http://www.aerotecture.com/index.html

    I saw one of the documentaries on this Bill Becker person and was truly impressed. I had been wondering how this very design could be developed and implemented until I saw this. I decided that I should promote this concept far and wide. It is one of the solutions to great power failures by making electricity on site and with variable wind capture… which means you can have light and variable winds from many directions relieving the necessity for large wind farms that still require transmission over distance capabilities. It could be an alternative and maybe in cooperation with the “solar grove” concept presented in this article.

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‎"At some point we must draw a line across the ground of our home and our being, drive a spear into the land and say to the bulldozers, earthmovers, government and corporations, “thus far and no further.” If we do not, we shall later feel, instead of pride, the regret of Thoreau, that good but overly-bookish man, who wrote, near the end of his life, “If I repent of anything it is likely to be my good behaviour."

~ Edward Abbey

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