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Companies see potential in using brownfield sites for new solar generation

first_imgCompanies see potential in using brownfield sites for new solar generation FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Bloomberg:For two decades, coal has been pulled from a Bent Mountain mine in eastern Kentucky. But in a startling move in the heart of coal country, a rival — solar — is preparing to move on to the land.From Appalachia in the U.S. to Queensland in Australia and Chernobyl in Ukraine, solar and wind farms are being developed or built in places not normally associated with clean energy, and in some regions long resistant to it.Slapping solar panels atop so-called brownfield sites, land that housed mines, emissions-belching power plants or were tarnished by nuclear disaster, can be cheaper than decontaminating the ground and turning it into parkland. At the same time, there’s the prospect of turning environmental foes into friends.“We’re essentially turning these drains on a community into an asset,” said Chad Farrell, chief executive officer of Encore Renewable Energy, a Vermont-based developer that’s contemplating installing solar arrays at coal-ash ponds across Appalachia. “You’re not going to get a large revenue-generating asset on a former landfill.”Solar is already established within the nuclear zone of Chernobyl, at a massive former coal-fired power plant in Canada, and at landfills and other brownfield sites throughout New England, where renewables are popular but land is at a premium. Meanwhile, BHP Group, the world’s biggest mining company, is working on permits and engineering plans to turn legacy sites in Arizona and New Mexico into solar and storage facilities.Regions long dependent on traditional energy sources for jobs and tax revenue are increasingly turning to solar and wind power, cementing their push into the mainstream at a time when the coal industry is ailing. U.S. power produced from burning coal shrank by 6.3 percent in 2018, as almost 13 gigawatts of coal plants were closed, according to BloombergNEF. That’s second only to 2015 when 15 gigawatts of coal-fired plants were shuttered.More: ‘Land no one else wants’ gets solar as coal, nukes fade awaylast_img read more

Bubba Wallace vows to ‘keep going’ after noose incident, says NASCAR is ‘changing’

first_img“The sport is changing … Whoever it was, you’re not gonna take away my smile.”- @BubbaWallaceWhat a moment. #IStandWithBubba pic.twitter.com/Z3YajMuBBJ— FOX: NASCAR (@NASCARONFOX) June 23, 2020″The prerace deal . . . the prerace deal was probably one of the hardest things I’ve ever had to witness in my life,” he told Little.NASCAR and the FBI are investigating the noose incident, with the FBI trying to determine whether it was a hate crime. While those activities go on in the background, Wallace will remain a public face of change in stock car racing.”The deal that happened yesterday, sorry I’m not wearing my mask, but I wanted to show whoever it was that you’re not going to take away my smile and I’m going to keep on going,” he told Little. Bubba Wallace raced up the banking at Talladega Superspeedway — on foot — to meet with people, many Black, who had traveled to the track watch him race in the after the Geico 500 on Monday. They were part of a support group that included all of NASCAR on an intense, emotional day for the Richard Petty Motorsports driver.”This is probably the most badass moment right here,” Wallace, the lone Black driver in the Cup Series, told Fox Sports’ Jamie Little. To him, it was another sign that “the sport is changing.” MORE: Blaney wins at Talladega; highlights from the raceThey were there to back Wallace after someone put a noose in his garage stall on Sunday. Wallace wasn’t able to repay that support with a win, but he did lead briefly in the final stage and would have contended for his first Cup Series victory had he not run out of fuel in the final 10 laps. He counted the day a success just the same.”Man, I know I should have won the damn race. We ran out of gas. Just the stars didn’t align for us completely, but all in all, we won today,” he told Little. Wallace finished 14th; his best friend, Ryan Blaney, won the race by inches over Ricky Stenhouse Jr.Wallace turned emotional as he recalled seeing every team show solidarity before the race by walking alongside Wallace’s car down pit road and pushing the car to the front of the line. He was moved to tears at the time.last_img read more

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