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RENEWABLE REALITIES

Green vs. Green

Why are environmentalists opposing renewable energy projects? They say clean energy is good for the envirornment; however, they oppose every major renewable energy project proposed for our region. Yes, we’re a bit confused by that, too. Our goal is to make sure that a handful of people, many of whom don’t even live in San Diego or the Imperial Valley, do not hold the entire region hostage.

Check out this story about so-called environmentalists opposing wind farms in San Diego’s back country. Then click here to see a list of hundreds of proposed green energy projects being fought by the same category of people, on the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s “Project-No Project” Web site.

Renewables REVISITED

Bet you didn’t know…

You are the Sunshine of My Life

  • Da Vinci predicted a solar industrialization as far back as 1447.
  • In one hour, more sunlight falls on the earth than what is used by the entire population in one year.
  • The Imperial Valley has the potential to generate 6,870 megawatts of solar energy, enough for more than 4 million homes.
  • Percentage of the potential solar energy available in the Imperial Valley currently being delivered to San Diego: 0.

They Call Me the Breeze

  • Since 2003, wind power has been the fastest growing form of all types of electricity generation on a percentage basis in the U.S.
  • Wind energy is actually a form of solar energy.
  • On a particularly windy day in Spain in November 2009, the country generated 49 percent of all its energy from wind power.
  • Eastern San Diego County and Northern Baja California together could produce enough wind energy to power more than 2 million homes.
  • Only one wind farm currently exists in San Diego County today (on the Campo Indian Reservation). It produces 50 megawatts, enough to power about 32,000 homes.


Full Steam Ahead

  • Geothermal Energy has been around for as long as the Earth has existed. “Geo” means earth, and “thermal” means heat. So, geothermal means earth-heat.
  • The entire world resource base of geothermal energy has been calculated in government surveys to be larger than the resource bases of coal, oil, gas and uranium combined.
  • About 10,000 years ago, Paleo-Indians used hot springs in North America for cooking. Areas around hot springs were neutral zones.
  • The Salton Sea area of the Imperial Valley has the potential to generate more than 2,000 megawatts of geothermal energy, or enough for 1.3 million homes.
  • California currently receives about 6 percent of all its energy from geothermal sources. San Diego receives none.