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Hawaii’s Future? Abandoned Solar Farms Clutter California Desert
By Andrew Walden @ 7:25 PM :: 24490 Views :: Energy, Environment, Tax Credits

by Andrew Walden

As explained in the PBS Frontline special, The Fixers, the mid-1980s Hawaii State Legislature infamously declared that golf courses are an allowable use of agriculturally-zoned land to allow for development of the Maunawili Golf Course above Kaneohe.

Now, copying the same model, Governor Neil Abercrombie July 12th has signed into law Senate Bill 631, allowing Solar Farms on Ag land. Act 221 scammers have been pushing this idea since at least 2008.

That very day, the Kauai County Planning Commission approved Kikiaola Solar which will be the state’s largest solar farm for 20 acres of ag land at Kekaha. The Kauai Garden Isle reports, “Federal incentives will also help the project, which will cost between $20 million and $30 million….”

Other solar farms are in the works.

Just as with wind farms, solar farms depend entirely on taxpayer and ratepayer subsidies. When the subsidies run out, the solar farms are abandoned, littering the landscape with broken solar panels, and other post modern junk.

Here is a look at three examples:

Solar One/Solar Two – Daggett, California, USA

Solar One was the first test of a large-scale thermal solar power tower plant in the world. In 1995 Solar One was converted into Solar Two, by adding another ring of mirrors surrounding the tower. Solar One/Two is located in Daggett, CA, about 10 miles east of Barstow. Solar Two was decommissioned in 1999, and was converted by the University of California, Davis, into a telescope. Solar One/Two and other nearby solar projects are plainly visible via satellite imaging software at 34°52′18″N 116°50′03″W

Carrizo Plain Solar Power Plant – Southern, California, USA

At its prime, the Carrizo Plain was by far the largest photovoltaic array in the world, with 100,000 1′x 4′ photovoltaic arrays generating 5.2 megawatts at its peak. The plant was originally constructed by ARCO in 1983 and was dismantled in the late 1990s. The used panels are still being resold throughout the world.

Borrega Springs United Energy Corp.

67 acres in the California desert—covered with dilapidated sheds, crumbling Styrofoam and an abandoned, 5,000-gallon ethanol still.

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