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i am a family physician who was diagnosed with
early mild cognitive impairment(mci) amnestic type on december 21, 2010
this is a precursor to alzheimers disease
because of this diagnosis i have opted to stop practicing medicine
this blog will be about my journey with this disease
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i will continue blogging on organic gardening, green living,
solar power, rainwater collection, and healthy living
i will blog on these plus other things noted to be interesting

Thursday, December 16, 2010

solar projects

a small town of 700 near here has set up a 100 kilowatt solar
system to power a sewage treatment plant

this project will hopefully defray the cost of running the
treatment plant in the future
it will defray $13000 a year in cost for electricity to run the plant

the plant will produce more electricity than will be used by the
plant and will then send  the excess electricity back into the grid

during the day the meter will be spinning backwards
something mine does at my house
its fun to stand there and watch the meter number get smaller

this is a way to insulate the treatment plant from the increase
in energy rates

also this week it was announced that a company will open a
solar farm near here that will cost $240,000,000 to build

the solar farm will produce electricity from the 400,000 solar
panels that will be placed on the on 750 acres of an old farm

it will be the largest solar farm in the united states

the company is called rre austin solar a subsidiary of rre power
and will be opening its headquarters here in this area

also there is plans for the city near here to also open
a solar farm that will produce 30 megawatts annually

so the the new "lakes" you see as you fly over this area
in the future will really be fields of solar panels generating
electricity all day long

my little system on my house will produce 5500 kw a year
if the sun shines a lot in the year which has not been a problem
here lately

the state has also developed a huge numbers of wind mills in
the western part of the state which you have seen if you have
traveled that area lately
so far more wind power is produced than solar power in the
a university near here will eventually be receiving all of it power
from wind

now if the government would just move some of the subsidies
away from the oil gas and coal industry to the solar industry
there would even be a bigger boom in solar power production

the european countries especially germany have led the way in
solar power subsidies

the organicgreen doctor

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