Some of the best places for a solar energy plant are in dry areas. Like Amargosa Valley in Nevada. I didn't realize until recently that solar power plants use a lot of water. The proposed solar plant for Amargosa Valley will need 1.3 billion gallons of water a year, which is 20 percent of that area's available water. That's a lot of water! The water wars are beginning in Nevada.
Read "Alternative Energy Projects Stumble On a Need for Water." Find out more about Solar Millennium, the German company who wants to build the Amargosa Valley plant.
Read Amargosa Desert: Worthless Habitat? to get the perspective of US citizens who live in the valley and want to protect the desert habitat.
A blog nod to Glen Gould for this news.