Alabama municipal utility moves forward with 100MW solar farm

first_imgAlabama municipal utility moves forward with 100MW solar farm FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Montgomery Advertiser:In Montgomery County, 800 rural acres will soon be home to a massive 350,000-panel solar array. The project, a partnership between local utility company Alabama Municipal Electric Authority and Lightsource BP, will bring a large-scale, utility-sized solar development to the River Region. Utility leaders say several recent factors have made solar power a realistic energy source, and they expect others to follow suit shortly.“Our mission is to provide low-cost reliable electric power to our member cities at the lowest possible cost that we can,” said Fred Clark, president and chief executive of AMEA. “We search for economic resources and study those daily with a group of engineers that we have, both on staff as well as consultants that we reach out to.”That research yielded what AMEA believes to be a feasible and forward-thinking project in the solar field. The deal with Lightsource, a partnership itself under British Petroleum, will bring 100 megawatts of solar energy into AMEA’s “energy portfolio.”Everything will be built and maintained by Lightsource, with AMEA only buying the energy and selling it to different municipalities and utilities in areas like Opelika and Tuskegee. AMEA has 13 utility affiliates across the state, though none in Montgomery. The benefit for the county will be the over $5 million in property taxes to be collected over the lifetime of the project, which will go to Montgomery’s cash-strapped school system.Clark said AMEA may be jumping on the solar train earlier than some others — moving its percentage of energy generation by solar from 1 percent to 10 percent — but he expects others to join in the near future.More: Montgomery-based electric authority closes deal on 350K solar panel arraylast_img read more

Walcott on the road to recovery

first_img The Arsenal winger jarred his knee during the Gunners’ 2-0 derby FA Cup victory over Tottenham in January and scans later revealed ligament damage that ruled him out of the rest of the domestic campaign – and the World Cup. But the 24-year-old England international is walking again, seven weeks after undergoing surgery, and insists he never considered pursuing a ‘quick fix’ in a bid to reach the Brazil finals. Theo Walcott expects to return to action stronger than ever after stepping up his recovery from a season-ending cruciate ligament injury. Speaking to several national newspapers, he said: “It has taken me a while to get the walking right, but it is nearly there. “At the moment, I am taking it week by week and trying to hit targets. I can’t do much yet. “I don’t want to be pushing the injury and not be 100 per cent and cause other injuries. “I was never tempted by any of the offers from people saying they could get me fit for the World Cup. “I followed the club’s advice. I went to a consultant in London and it was a great decision.” Walcott was a surprise omission from Fabio Capello’s World Cup squad four years ago having travelled to the German tournament in 2006 as an untested 17-year-old. “You can’t do anything about the injury and with the Capello incident I just wanted to prove I was good enough, and the following year I had a very good year,” he added. “They are totally different situations. No players like to be injured, a lot of players suffer from horrendous injuries. “I know it’s going to make me a better person and a stronger person. “I don’t want to look at six months’ time. I want to look at 10-15 years and still be playing.” Walcott drew some criticism for gesturing ‘2-0’ to Spurs fans with his fingers while being carried off the Emirates pitch on a stretcher, but the former Southampton player does not regret his actions, describing them as “banter”. “No I don’t regret it at all,” he said. “All the stewards were getting stuff peppered at them even before. “Me and Tottenham, you always have that banter. They do it to me, I do it to them, it’s just a bit of fun really. “I’ve seen some Tottenham fans since then and they have said ‘if it was one of our players (making the gesture) I would have loved it’.” Press Associationlast_img read more