Guilford County could be home to the world's largest solar farm

It may not be "free" energy, but it is an unlimited supply:

The company announced last week that Guilford County was one of seven locations being considered for the $1.5 billion project that could use up to 4,000 acres of land and generate up to 400 megawatts of power once complete. Thursday's meeting brought together leaders from Greensboro and Guilford County goverments, the Greensboro Partnership, the Piedmont Triad Partnership, Duke Energy and the state Department of Commerce.

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Solar scam more likely?

Ed reported yesterday that G'boro is probably just a negotiating tactic for a company trying to drum up more incentives from other (preferred) locations.

Your thoughts?

http://edcone.typepad.com/wordup/2011/07/cloudy-with-a-chance-of-huckste...

I saw that

We'll have to wait and see, but incentivizing has been a core contributor to the growth of renewables across the country, so that aspect doesn't (necessarily) taint this particular project.

And just to say it, Dell and FedEx received over 3/4 billion in incentives to come to Guilford County, and they're not contributing jack shit to the economy right now. At least the solar farm (if it happens) could offset 400 megawatts of coal power generation, even if it isn't a job generator.

Agreed

I'm not panning incentives ... I love the idea that we'd be refocusing economic development dollars on renewables. I was simply commenting on how companies game the system.

Maybe a spokesperson for the company will stop by and explain their approach?

Not likely.