Food Farms Become Solar Farms

Decommissioned farms and fields in California are being scouted as possible sited for renewable energy production.

"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."

The conversion of former farmland to solar energy production site has been cheered by environmentalists and farmers.

Full Story: Recycling Land for Green Energy Ideas

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Westlands & Solar Farms.

It should be noted that the area is heavily salinated and hardly anything can grow there (high-water cotton can, and hemp could if legal). The WWD is last on the teat and always is at risk of losing water, so maybe a good idea. As for viable farmland, this is a poor idea. So a local solution at best.

Best,

D

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