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Documentarian Explores Viability Of Solar
Documentarian Explores Viability Of Solar

AIR DATE: August 13, 2013

Most everyone thinks solar energy is a good thing. It's clean, renewable and will help climate change. Only if it's done properly, says Robert Lundahl. The California documentary filmmaker is incensed at the rush to big projects that are damaging the Mojave Desert environment and threatening the cultural heritage of California tribes. His film will be shown at the Clark County Library on Tuesday evening.



Robert Lundahl, producer and director of "Who are My People?"

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    The kokopelli geoglyph referred to in the piece is a sham. As are many of the geoglyphs referenced in the documentary. They are of modern origin with no traditional use associated with them. Please search the aerial photographs at the George Patton Museum at Chiracao Summit and see for yourself. By concentrating on these resources, the filmmaker does a disservice to dialogue surrounding the destruction of ACTUAL cultural resources and makes Alfredo Figueroa (a respected leader for Chicano rights) look like a raving lunatic who mistakes modern prank-geoglyphs, tank tracks, and dozer scrapes as proof of an Aztec homeland. All of Lundahl's good points are drowned out by his ignorance of facts.
    Todd RamseyAug 19, 2013 16:07:44 PM
    In AZ, CO, and CA, big utilities are trying to roll back net metering programs -- which allow homeowners to get credit for energy generated from their roof and sent to the grid. But led by, The Other 98%, and The My Generation Campaign, we are fighting back. Check it out --> #solar
    Robert LundahlAug 14, 2013 18:31:20 PM
    You're right. They produce steam directly in the tower which means they can only produce electricity during the day. Cheaper but not as efficient. The solar tower near Tonopah uses liquid salt. The Solyndra debacle is another reason why household solar panels are not viable. The panels need to rotate to follow the sun which is costly and impractical for household use. Solyndra came up with solar cells that always face the sun but they weren't able to compete and closed, much to the embarrassment of the Obama administration.
    Ron KAug 13, 2013 18:31:39 PM
    Solar rooftop is immensely viable and used every day by millions. Grid tied and off-grid. Solyndra was a tale of corporate abuse of ARRA Stimulus funds, public monies.
    Robert LundahlAug 14, 2013 18:18:31 PM
    Solar panels on houses are expensive to the home owner and maintenance heavy. They are not a viable option. The solar towers are not panels, they are mirrors that reflect the sun and heat up liquid salt so they can generate steam, even at night. This is much more efficient and viable than handing out solar panels to every home owner. More money is spent on protecting the desert tortoise than any other endangered species. If the guest's accusations are true, then this is a significant lawsuit against the power company if it can be proven.
    Ron KAug 13, 2013 09:52:00 AM
    On the matter of cost, there is nothing more expensive than Solyndra-like up front cash grants totalling 30 percent, or roughly 600-700 million dollars, to the public, plus the cost of further loan guarantees, totalling in the billions, at the publics expense per project. Pure pork to cronies and friends.. Companies get into the game running from cash grant to cash grant, This removes all investor risk and accountability. The projects mentioned are not salt towers, but all projects in public land are dependent on these massive subsidies. Your money. Through taxes and energy rates. Meanwhile the cost of PV panels has come down 70 percent. So you could probably put 25 k in panels on your house and do the job-- that and battery storage, and you'll not pay another energy bill. The presumed high cost of rooftop solar comes from financing schemes.
    Robert LundahlAug 13, 2013 11:20:20 AM
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