On a sunny October day, dozens of officials gathered in the high desert of northwestern New Mexico to celebrate the groundbreaking of the San Juan solar-plus-storage project, a utility-scale photovoltaic array. The first phase of the solar plant, expected to go online next year, will have a generating capacity of 200 megawatts along with a 100-megawatt battery installation. Future phases will double the capacity, enabling the facility to provide electricity to tens of thousands of homes. Them’s no small power potatoes, and represent a big step toward replacing the generation lost when the coal-fired San Juan Generating Station — its smokestacks looming in the background of the ceremony — shut down last year.
Excellent news about the Farmington energy transition, excellently written. Thank you, Jonathan!
In addition to The Land Desk, I also subscribe to the Wall Street Journal. There have been more and more stories on the majors like Shell, Exxon-Mobil, BP and Chevron investing in renewables. A recent WSJ story on the Exxon-Mobil CEO made the point that we will still be dependent on petroleum based products for the next 100 years. How many of you out there invested in jujoba beans as a substitute for plastic? Henry Ford with all of his resources couldn't make soy beans work to replace bakealite plastic knobs. The sooner environmentalists acknowledge the fact that oil will be part of our life in the long term future, the sooner we will see co-operation on projects that benefit everyone. Full disclosure, I paid for my Land Desk sub with Exxon-Mobil dividends!