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Old 04-18-2018, 08:31 PM
 
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My husband was camping in Arizona and heard that they were going to be shutting down the coal power plant in Page Arizona. Is this really going to happen in a few years? Wouldn’t Arizona be perfect for solar power? Is it very expensive in Arizona?
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Old 04-19-2018, 10:29 AM
 
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1. Nobody knows for sure. Coal generation is uneconomic right now compared to natural gas. Native Americans are trying to keep the plant open to keep the jobs. Trump says he wants to push coal power even though it is uneconomic. (At least that's what he said today.).

2. There are two huge solar power plants down near I10, one solar thermal and the smaller one photovoltaic.

3. Figuring out what is most economic is not simple and relies on assumptions about construction costs, subsidies and future power prices.
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Old 04-21-2018, 12:12 AM
 
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^^^ I think one of the solar plants is near Gila Bend, off I-8, not I-10 ☺
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Old 04-22-2018, 04:13 PM
 
Location: Tucson AZ & Leipzig, Germany
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^^^ I think one of the solar plants is near Gila Bend, off I-8, not I-10 ☺
Correct, the Abengoa Solana solar thermo plant is just north of mile marker 102 on I-8, about 10 miles west of Gila Bend. Here's an interesting article with more details. The plant makes about 280 megawatts of power, which is impressive for a solar plant but not much compared to a large fossil fuel power plant.

https://www.bizjournals.com/phoenix/...ation-and.html

The Page coal power plant results in air pollution that is often carried by wind currents into Grand Canyon, so it is not surprising that it will be shut down. The reason that big power plant is located in Page is due to a supply of coal nearby. The Page power plant uses water from the Colorado River (Lake Powell) to fill the boilers, which are heated by the burning of the coal. The steam from boilers drive steam turbines that churn out 2250 megawatts, equal to nine of the solar plants near Gila Bend. The Page coal plant is the largest coal fired power station in the western USA.
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Old 04-22-2018, 06:18 PM
 
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^^^ I think one of the solar plants is near Gila Bend, off I-8, not I-10 ☺
My mistake, I know I drove past it on the way to San Diego...

The photothermal plant is just off the highway, you can take the exit and walk right up to the fence.
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