A proposal to significantly expand the city's energy resources by using solar energy was presented to the Western Plains City Council during a special session Monday afternoon. The bill, one of many that passed the General Assembly last year, was introduced as part of the Missouri Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Act of 2013.
An electrical company that is putting the system, which is due to go into operation at the end of the year, under a 20-year lease with the city of Sikeston.
The plan calls for the West Plains solar farm to generate 8 megawatts of electricity, enough to power about 1,000 homes in Sikeston. To put this figure into perspective, Wolf estimates that it could supply between 8,000 and 9,500 households with electricity, depending on the size of the solar park and the number of solar modules. If 3% of Missouri's land were used for solar farms, that would provide enough electricity for every Missouri household. The proposal, sponsored by the US Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), requires all investor-owned utilities to source at least 10 percent of their electricity from clean energy sources by 2021.
The city would eliminate costly transmission fees, and all businesses and industries in the city could receive tax breaks for renewable energy. West Plains would be Missouri's first large-scale solar farm and one of only a handful of solar farms in North America.
It includes a table describing Missouri's solar resources and a bibliographic information web link to guide interested parties to additional information. For regional energy and solar power, check the solar outlook from Bloomberg New Energy Finance and the U.S. Energy Information Administration. The proposed and developed projects generate electricity from wood in Missouri, and their overlapping supply zones have disillusioning effects on the state's electricity supply.
This slideshow explains the Renewable Energy Credits (RECs) and discusses the link - in terms of overall energy conversion efficiency and why it should be tied to renewable energy and energy efficiency.
The solar modules have an average service life of 40 years, but according to Wolf, the leases are usually 20 to 30 years. Wolf said that while the solar park is not a big job driver for the county, construction takes about six months and employs about 300 people. The rebate applies to new and expanded solar panels, limiting the project's cost to about $1.5 million a year for a total of $2.2 million. It comprises two solar farms - one for generating electricity using natural gas and the other a biomass plant that generates electricity from methane gas that is dumped in landfills.
The black lines are bounded from bottom to top by the State of Missouri and the US Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL). Government efforts to expand solar power on the grid include a cookie-cutter storage system.
The average daily short-wave solar energy reaches the ground per square meter (orange line). Missouri's solar resources even surpass those of Germany, which is a world leader in solar energy production. Missouri has the second largest solar capacity of any state in the United States, after New York. The state's proximity to the US Gulf Coast and the Gulf of Mexico offers great growth potential for the solar industry.
The US Department of Energy has recognized the potential of solar as a renewable energy source for the United States. To become a major player in the solar industry in Missouri and the rest of the US, we need to use the abundant resources, such as wind, solar, and geothermal, to become the world's largest producer of photovoltaic and solar water heating systems. The aim of this project is to create a modern test field for comparing different solar technologies to help Ameren customers determine which photavoltaic components best suit their needs at home and in the business. This connection is intended to help people think about building or buying a Photivolt-Aero - solar and / or water heating for their homes or businesses.
Our representatives also want to work to provide information on the state of the photovoltaic and solar water heating systems market in Missouri. Our representatives also want to work to provide information about the current and future market opportunities for Photivolta - Aero - solar and / or water heaters.
Hempel said the addition of renewable energy could come from several sources and that the city is seriously considering switching to solar and wind power. Bollinger's company found the solar farm interesting, although he said it had no experience with solar farms. Renewable energy can also be generated locally, according to the Missouri Department of Natural Resources.
NREL PV is to determine the expected power generation of a photovoltaic plant in the city of Sikeston. Contact your energy supplier to get information on how much energy is being used and how this could affect your monthly bill.