Now this is what I’m talking about. A real solution to helping reduce our dependence on fossil fuels. By adding the solar concentrating mirrors to boil the water in the pipes the sunlight is concentrated on instead of coal you have a coal power plant that makes the same amount of electricity but uses almost half as much coal. Also, this new type of concentrating mirror trough system only needs 2-2.5 acres to generate one megawatt of power instead 5-7 acres so you get more for your money and a quicker return on investment. My favorite part about solar power plants is that once they are paid off from selling the power it makes over time the fuel is free so the return on investment is not only quicker but the profit margin is greatest since the cost to operate is so incredibly low. Solar just makes sense. On a side note, here is a neighborhood of about 100 homes that have commited to all put solar photovoltaic (sunlight directly into electricity) panels on every one of their roofs. This made it possible for the company doing the installing to get the panels for HALF OFF THE COST so the return on investment would be around two years and the neighborhood would have next to free energy (depending on how much energy they actually use) after that. If I didn’t live in the woods with a small opening for sunlight I would do this too! I may end up using Southern Solar Systems to install a solar hot water heater for me though since you only need a little bit of sun to do it.
Coal Power Plant Retrofit With Solar