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LetemEatCake

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Message Posted: Jan 5, 2013 9:59:18 AM


Despite a cold brisk wind blowing through Lake Havasu City on Thursday, it was a typical cloudless day for city and LG International officials to celebrate the start of solar energy generation on city parking lots.

LG International (America), Inc., the financial backer behind Lake Havasu City Solar, LLC, project subcontractors and city officials officially cut the ribbon on the solar project in a festive ceremony Thursday in the City Hall parking lot. They held the event under the shade provided by the large solar panel structures.

“We could use a little bit more of that sun to get rid of the cold,” said Mayor Mark Nexsen during his speech.

But the city already has benefitted from the sun and solar energy project established by Lake Havasu City Solar.

In mid-December, the solar
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remay
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Message Posted: Jan 7, 2013 6:52:24 AM

Hope this catches on!
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kkimes
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Message Posted: Jan 6, 2013 1:07:42 AM

"Hope it helps. But do they have storage for night."

Most cities use more energy during the day than at night since less people are working than. Even if these solar panels only supplement the grid during the day, it takes a load off the generating plant when the call for power is the greatest.
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LetemEatCake
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Message Posted: Jan 5, 2013 11:27:54 PM


Thanks all for your great comments...this is a Win-Win for everyone!
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Eugenian
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Message Posted: Jan 5, 2013 10:56:54 PM

Two birds, one stone. Good job.
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dave27johnson
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Message Posted: Jan 5, 2013 10:56:40 PM

Good.
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PDQBlues
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Message Posted: Jan 5, 2013 10:21:00 PM


Good that parking lots can be more useful than just an empty slate of asphalt.
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tankumo
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Message Posted: Jan 5, 2013 9:54:36 PM

How about using solar heat technology on pavement?

Especially in the desert area, pavement is way too hot and it ruins the pavement too.

So get some heat from pavement to generate power, that's a start.

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TC5504
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Message Posted: Jan 5, 2013 8:37:43 PM

Sounds like a good idea.
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humblepie
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Message Posted: Jan 5, 2013 2:48:48 PM

now that makes sense to me
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NHLiveFree
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Message Posted: Jan 5, 2013 2:39:53 PM


That can and is being done genoist. A grid geothermal design accompishes that quite easily.
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NHLiveFree
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Message Posted: Jan 5, 2013 2:38:40 PM


Good news in Lake Havasu City! This project is a good example for all areas to follow in producing energy at and near the point of use on underutilized spaces. Despite the snide comments from some, this electricity is fed into the grid and especially covers peak demand/use during the day when a source like this really is needed. There is a limit to all the world's fossil fuels as "Mother Earth" is not renewing them for our exclusive use.

The more projects like this, the better off we all are.
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dodsworth
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Message Posted: Jan 5, 2013 1:48:20 PM

Go for it!
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CityCouponer
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Message Posted: Jan 5, 2013 1:11:26 PM

Hmmm.
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fuel2use
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Message Posted: Jan 5, 2013 12:30:47 PM

Hope it helps. But do they have storage for night.
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DOS
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Message Posted: Jan 5, 2013 12:19:59 PM

I'm glad to hear that some cities are doing things like this.
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merlinCO
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Message Posted: Jan 5, 2013 11:44:17 AM

Excellent as the water will dry up and so will hydro-electric.
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jimgraham
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Message Posted: Jan 5, 2013 11:31:40 AM

Hopefully a long term solution to a long term problem - increasing electric costs.
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MadFueler
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Message Posted: Jan 5, 2013 10:58:48 AM

This is good thinking - take advantage of the sun in a desert area while moving the heat island effect away from the street level. It also will shade the cars (and parts of buildings, perhaps?), making it easier and more energy-efficient to keep the cool and comfortable. All in all, a win for everybody involved.
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Night Owl
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Message Posted: Jan 5, 2013 10:52:56 AM

Sounds good.
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evowner
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Message Posted: Jan 5, 2013 10:45:42 AM

Great idea. Solar in Arizona looks like a lock.
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genoist
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Message Posted: Jan 5, 2013 10:44:44 AM

Hmm, parking lots do seem like a good place for solar collectors. Perhaps a way to trap the heat from the sun on the asphalt would help out as well.
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md11capt
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Message Posted: Jan 5, 2013 10:39:43 AM

More parking lot solar power to follow.
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Message Posted: Jan 5, 2013 10:39:11 AM

Good news
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Message Posted: Jan 5, 2013 10:28:39 AM

This is a good thing, right?
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fora_7
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Message Posted: Jan 5, 2013 10:20:31 AM

how many places could benefit of a project like that
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cdrrod
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Message Posted: Jan 5, 2013 10:17:13 AM

Way to go!
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playtimeCLE
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Message Posted: Jan 5, 2013 10:02:36 AM

Solar energy is perfect for that city.
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