Summer is coming, and that means the Valley's famous triple-digit temperatures aren't far away. Utility bills will surge and Facebook status reports will be akin to: "Holy cow, I got my power bill today!" That's the G rated version anyway.
Solar really makes sense in Central California, where nature's most abundant resource blazes away up to 300 days per year. These solar projects have made news in recent days: This
appeared on The Fresno Bee web site. The police station is just a few miles from my house, and will be the largest public solar project in Clovis. That follows on the heels of this announcement
of a packinghouse in Fowler adding 12 acres of solar panels and this one
of the massive 550-megawatt Topaz project breaking ground in San Luis Obispo County just west of us in Fresno.
But those aren't all. Analysts count about 70 proposals before county planners from Merced to Kern counties, with about 30 in Fresno County
. Just the Fresno County proposals total about 10,600 acres.Those don't include smaller rooftop, municipal or some farming projects.
It remains to be seen how many are approved or become operational, but there is not denying Central California is a hot spot for solar power.
Photo: California Energy Commission photo of solar plant near Kerman in Fresno County