Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Here comes the sun

Once again William Gibson's observation on reality, that "The future is already here — it's just not very evenly distributed." is proving its aptness. During recent travels around my home county I've noticed signs (literally) that we're moving into the 21st century and helping minimize global warming while create a more sustainable future economy. I've come across the sites for two solar garden projects, one primarily local and the other part of a multisite mega-project being developed for Geronimo Energy.

The local project is Eichten's Solar Garden, a 1-megawatt system on four acres currently pasturing bison. I think there may be other sites under development, but these two are initial confirmation that here comes the sun lighting our way to a better future.

Eichten's Solar Garden site
Eichten's Solar Garden site
Photo by J. Harrington

Bison: current occupants of Eighteen's Solar Garden
Bison: current occupants of Eichten's Solar Garden
Photo by J. Harrington

The Geronimo Energy site, part of a mega-project, is further along and is a turnkey development by Biosar America LLC. At first glance I wondered if it was yet another local vineyard. Not even close.

Geronimo Energy solar farm looking East
Geronimo Energy solar farm looking East
Photo by J. Harrington

Geronimo Energy solar farm looking East
Geronimo Energy solar farm looking East
Photo by J. Harrington

Geronimo Energy solar farm looking North
Geronimo Energy solar farm looking North
Photo by J. Harrington

Neither of these developments should generate much in the way of traffic, I would imagine, nor the kind of noise issues that have been stumbling blocks for some wind turbine farms. It'll be interesting to track construction and see what kind of neighbors they become. Since we started today's posting with a Beatle's title, we'll end it with a similar one and note that renewable energy offers Good Day Sunshine.

Follow Thy Fair Sun

By Thomas Campion

Follow thy fair sun, unhappy shadow,
Though thou be black as night
And she made all of light,
Yet follow thy fair sun unhappy shadow.

Follow her whose light thy light depriveth,
Though here thou liv’st disgraced,
And she in heaven is placed,
Yet follow her whose light the world reviveth.

Follow those pure beams whose beauty burneth,
That so have scorched thee,
As thou still black must be,
Till Her kind beams thy black to brightness turneth.

Follow her while yet her glory shineth,
There comes a luckless night,
That will dim all her light,
And this the black unhappy shade divineth.

Follow still since so thy fates ordained,
The Sun must have his shade,
Till both at once do fade,
The Sun still proved, the shadow still disdained.

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