This August 10th article from The New York Times discusses a break-through concept in California's San Joaquin Valley: Take polluted and unusable farmland and create a renewable solar project to make electricity. See the excerpt below:
Recycling Land for Green Energy Ideas
By TODD WOODY
Published: August 10, 2010
"Thousands of acres of farmland here in the San Joaquin Valley have been removed from agricultural production, largely because the once fertile land is contaminated by salt buildup from years of irrigation.
But large swaths of those dry fields could have a valuable new use in their future — making electricity.
Farmers and officials at Westlands Water District, a public agency that supplies water to farms in the valley, have agreed to provide land for what would be one of the world’s largest solar energy complexes, to be built on 30,000 acres.
At peak output, the proposed Westlands Solar Park would generate as much electricity as several big nuclear power plants.
Unlike some renewable energy projects blocked by objections that they would despoil the landscape, this one has the support of environmentalists."
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