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Date: Sat, 03 Feb 2001 00:07:40 -0800
From: Doug Jones <>
Subject: California solar power

Tom Billings wrote:
> Filip De Vos wrote:
> > California did _not try. It did not build more nuclear power stations. (OK
> > it did build a few windmills, and I am not sure wether that solar thermal
> > plant is in California)
> The solar thermal plant *was* built in their desert, IIRC, but
> once the subsidy ran out, it was shut down.  I remember hearing
> of its conversion to some research use recently, but can't remember
> what it was.  Not power related, I think.

There's a solar thermal plant east of Mojave at Kramer Junction still in
routine operation- see for
details.  It puts out 150 MW, less than .5% of the 33 GW peak California
load.  The windmills west of Mojave cannot deliver more than 50% of
their peak power capability for lack of adequate high voltage
transmission lines, and a planned 750 MW plant near Mojave is on hold
because the investors fear having their investment "nationalized" by

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Doug Jones

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