[Guest post by DRJ]
Barack Obama was in Las Vegas last night and today (where he did not say the “magic words“). He also toured Nellis AFB. Nellis generates 25% of its power from a photovoltaic array aka solar power. The White House Press Office provides this background on the Nellis solar power project:
# The Nellis solar power system, completed in December of 2007, is America’s largest solar photovoltaic array.
# The plant will generate more than 30 million kilowatt-hours (kWh) of clean electricity annually and supply approximately 25% of the total power used at the base, where 12,000 people live and work.
# The system covers 140 acres of land at Nellis AFB, 33 acres of which are a capped landfill which has been reused for this “green” energy project. The array is made from over 72,000 solar panels which track the sun to maximize the solar renewable energy we can receive.
# It will reduce carbon emissions by 24,000 tons annually.
# Using a “first-of-its-kind” public/private partnership, this project (which cost over $100M to construct) cost the AF less than $100,000 in capital costs, yet saved Nellis over $1.2M in its first year of operation.
# The Nellis solar power system is joint venture between the U.S. Air Force; Renewable Ventures; SunPower Corporation; and N.V. Energy.
# It took over 200 workers to build the array.
The project took $100M to build and saves $1.2M a year. That should pay off in 83 years. Sweet.
Speaking of sweet deals, the AP reports Obama claimed his economic stimulus has saved or created 150,000 jobs. Where is the proof that the stimulus has saved or created 150,000 jobs? I don’t see them in my area but here’s one possibility: Obama’s speech at Nellis followed his appearance at a fundraiser last night for Harry Reid in Las Vegas. He is also scheduled to attend a fundraiser tonight for the DNC in Los Angeles. Maybe those extra jobs are in fundraising and catering.