First and foremost . . .
Harnessing the power of the sun might, in fact, provide an energy source with HUGE POTENTIAL that could fuel the growth of the American economy into the next century.
But the tech is not without significant challenges to overcome.
Sadly . . .
Local news relays hype & propaganda before offering readers a more complete picture of city hall developments.
For instance, check this clueless passage from KC's worst member of council . . .
The city will begin the search for a builder late this summer or early fall.
“The proposed solar installation is a huge step in creating options for clean, solar energy as we address Kansas City’s commitment to climate resiliency and sustainability,” Councilwoman Andrea Bough, District 6 at-large, said in a news release. “Not only will we be able to put to use land that has limited use, but we will be able to provide solar power to our residents on a large scale.”
Now let's remember . . .
"Kansas City utility Evergy quietly abandoned plans for a large community solar project at the city’s new airport after an engineering study concluded the designs would cause glare problems for air traffic controllers.
"The utility and the city’s aviation department had intended to put the 5-megawatt project atop a six-story parking garage that will be part of a new airport now under construction. They were attracted to the airport and the garage in particular because of their high visibility to people arriving in town.
"The Federal Aviation Administration requires developers of airport solar arrays to conduct a glare study to determine whether reflections from the panels are likely to interfere with the vision of pilots or air traffic controllers. "
Accordingly . . .
Yes, there is, in fact, a difference betwixt journalism & PR . . . REAL reporting (and even half-witted blogging) at least acknowledges well-documented obstacles to solar power at New KCI rather than just accepting city hall talking points.
Read more via www.TonysKansasCity.com link . . .
A solar farm could eventually power thousands of Kansas City homes near the Kansas City International Airport, according to the city's feasibility study. It found that more than 3,100 acres of undeveloped land could be used to produce 500 megawatts of electricity - that would power 70,000 homes, one of the largest such farms in the country and the largest at a U.S.