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[IH] California’s First Molten Salt Solar Energy Project Approved.

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http://inhabitat.com/californias-fir...s-green-light/

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California has just approved a new solar project that could revolutionize how we use energy from the sun – namely because it will be able to keep producing electricity even after night falls. SolarReserve‘s Rice Solar Energy Project will end up looking a lot like the solar thermal tower above but will have a secret weapon hidden underneath – molten salt. Since the salt will be able to reach temperatures over 1000 degrees Fahrenheit and retain most of the heat it collects during the day, the plant will have the ability to keep churning out juice long after the sun goes down. It will be the first project in California to use the savory technology to store and distribute energy.
I'm shocked they're doing it so soon, in just a year construction will hopefully begin.

I like this idea, double time energy!
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Isn't there already one of these in Spain?
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Isn't there already one of these in Spain?
That was the first one I believe.

This is California's first.
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Hopefully this makes energy prices lower. Electricity is getting really expensive in California.
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Around 6.4¢ per kWh here... in Canada

I hope it will work! Great news
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Hopefully this makes energy prices lower. Electricity is getting really expensive in California.
If you want cheaper electricity then they need to expand the capacity of the DC linkups between the three major power grids (east, west, Texas) by several orders of magnitude.
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i think this is what we should be investing in...but California's government is being run by idiots who every year don't know how to balance a checkbook. I live in California, and this might be great but the price will be jacked up because some union is going to want big bucks for it, and some other tax increase or stupid jerry brown idea is going to alienate the energy and oil companies in California.

All in all, a good idea that would help us out with energy brown outs during summer, but what it won't cure is idiots who waste energy needlessly like leaving their porch light on all day and night, and leave their TV on all the time.
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This is the future of our electricity. I truly hope this goes mainstream, I'm tired of burning oil.
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Hopefully this makes energy prices lower. Electricity is getting really expensive in California.
Exactly the power bills here are ridiculous Plus california is full of sunshine and WIND we need some major wind turbine additions.
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This is the future of our electricity. I truly hope this goes mainstream, I'm tired of burning oil.
burning coal is going to be prety cheap compared to this thing.
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