Investigating How up to 690 Megawatts of Solar Energy be Generated: NextEra’s Proposal Explored
The use of solar energy is becoming increasingly important. Communities across the world are recognizing its benefits and are more frequently turning to solar power as an energy source. It’s no surprise, then, that NextEra Energy Resources, one of the most well-known developers of renewable energy projects, recently announced a proposal to generate up to 690 megawatts (MW) of solar energy in California.
Considering how much potential this project has for reducing carbon emissions and helping California transition to using more renewable forms of energy, it’s worth exploring the specifics of NextEra’s proposal. How will they go about harnessing all this power? Is it feasible? And what kind of economic impact could it have on the local area? These are just some of the questions we will delve into here.
To reach their target of generating up to 690 MW, NextEra proposes to build several solar farms throughout California’s Central Valley. These projects would generate energy through either photovoltaic (PV) technology or concentrated solar power (CSP), with each project ranging in size from 15-100 MW. All told, the company estimates that up to 4500 acres would be used for such projects.
The areas chosen for these solar farms wouldn’t just be chosen at random; rather, the selection process would involve a rigorous review with local communities and other stakeholders in mind. That means careful consideration would be given to existing land uses and potential environmental impacts when choosing sites for development. The goal is for these projects to benefit communities by providing new job opportunities and increasing tax revenue.
Everyone is likely curious about how feasible such a large-scale project is though; unfortunately, reaching that 690 MW isn’t going exactly according the plan set forth by NextEra. While they had initially proposed building a 300 MW addition (consisting of PV technology) at another Central Valley location, local officials have expressed concern about its viability due in part to land permit issues and other regulatory matters yet to be worked out before construction can begin. As such, that 300 MW has been removed from their overall estimate—for now anyway.
Nonetheless, even if they don’t reach their target that doesn’t necessarily mean that this endeavor was unsuccessful; indeed, they are still expecting to generate up between 400-600 MW which — while lower than anticipated — is still an impressive amount nonetheless . What’s more, those 400-600 MW can potentially put California much closer towards its goal of transitioning away from fossil fuels and toward greater adoption of renewable energies, helping move the state further along towards reaching its goals for greenhouse gas emission reductions outlined in AB 32 (the Global Warming Solutions Act).
So perhaps NextEra may fail to reach its ambitious goal but even so there could be far reaching benefits should this project come into fruition—especially with regards helping clean up our environment and further reducing our reliance on fossil fuels sources like coal and oil. Also, these installations could potentially provide important economic stimulant benefits as well: jobs created during construction as well as after completion due increased tax revenues generated thereafter — if all goes well anyway!
In any case one thing is certain: investigating plans such as this become increasingly important when considering the challenges we face in transitioning away from carbon based fuels sources towards renewable sources — understanding any associated risks along with ways we can best take advantage them — are absolutely critical when discussing our current energy needs and demands moving forward into future generations.
The use of solar energy is becoming increasingly important. Communities across the world are recognizing its benefits and are more frequently turning to solar power as an energy source. It’s no surprise, then, that NextEra Energy Resources, one of the most well-known developers of renewable energy projects, recently announced a proposal to generate up to…