Solar Energy at a Utility Scale - Redux
Friday, September 9, 2016, 7 a.m.
Friday, September 9, 2016, 5 p.m. MST
Phoenix, AZ, United States
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This tour echoes the mobile workshop held as part of the National Planning Conference in April of this year, and highlights two utility-scale solar electric generating facilities - the Solana Energy Generating Station, a 280-megawatt concentrating solar power facility, and AVSE II, a 125-megawatt photovoltaic solar generating facility. The workshop will involve a tour of both facilities, with ample discussion regarding the solar electric industry in Arizona. During our travels, the bus will ride will include various points of interest including the scenic Old U.S. Highway 80, the Old Gillespie Dam, and several other smaller solar facilties.
By the end of the Workshop, participants will:
-Understand the fundamental differences between photovoltaic, concentrating solar power, and combined-cycle gas generation technologies.
-Gain an appreciation for the vastness of the west and the potential for solar energy development in central Arizona.
-Learn about the evolution of western Maricopa County as a major electrical hub for the western U.S.
-Understand some of the environmental and ecological issues regarding solar energy.
-Understand the political environment under which renewable energy has been deployed in AZ.
-Understand various jurisdiction's approach to managing the planning, entitlement and permitting processes associated with utility-scale solar energy development.
-Understand comparative cooling water usage as it relates to differing electrical generating technologies.
Darren Gerard, AICP
Robert Kuhfuss, AICP