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Supervisors likely to hold energy workshop

Harnessing the sun and the winds will be looked at Monday by the Mohave County Supervisors. The supervisors will look to hold a special workshop in the coming months dealing with renewable energy projects in Mohave County. No workshop has been scheduled, but, upon recommendation of the county planning and zoning board, one is highly likely.

KINGMAN - Harnessing the sun and the winds will be looked at Monday by the Mohave County Supervisors.

The supervisors will look to hold a special workshop in the coming months dealing with renewable energy projects in Mohave County. No workshop has been scheduled, but, upon recommendation of the county planning and zoning board, one is highly likely.

The planning and zoning commissioners held a workshop Feb. 18 on pursuing alternative energy sources such as wind turbines and solar systems for residential homeowners and commercial projects. Running out of time at the February workshop, the commissioners also discussed the goals and policies of going green at the regular March commission meeting.

At the February workshop, the Arizona Department of Commerce spoke of the need to do more in attracting renewable energy businesses. One suggestion was hiring a consultant to work with the commerce department to entice businesses to the county.

The commission also discussed possible changes to the general plan involving transportation, such as carpooling, public transit and reducing the commuting time to job sites through urban planning. Another goal is reducing the greenhouse gases that... more [truncated due to possible copyright]  

KINGMAN - Harnessing the sun and the winds will be looked at Monday by the Mohave County Supervisors.

The supervisors will look to hold a special workshop in the coming months dealing with renewable energy projects in Mohave County. No workshop has been scheduled, but, upon recommendation of the county planning and zoning board, one is highly likely.

The planning and zoning commissioners held a workshop Feb. 18 on pursuing alternative energy sources such as wind turbines and solar systems for residential homeowners and commercial projects. Running out of time at the February workshop, the commissioners also discussed the goals and policies of going green at the regular March commission meeting.

At the February workshop, the Arizona Department of Commerce spoke of the need to do more in attracting renewable energy businesses. One suggestion was hiring a consultant to work with the commerce department to entice businesses to the county.

The commission also discussed possible changes to the general plan involving transportation, such as carpooling, public transit and reducing the commuting time to job sites through urban planning. Another goal is reducing the greenhouse gases that threaten changes in the weather. Protecting the scenic routes from cell towers and other structures was also discussed.

With more than 330 days a year of sunshine, Mohave County and Arizona are considered the Saudi Arabia of solar power energy. Solar projects could create jobs and provide homegrown electrical energy. The commissioners also planned to visit the Nevada Solar One site located near Boulder City. The 64-megawatt solar power plant would power 14,000 homes a year and create 100 to 200 construction jobs and about two dozen permanent jobs.

However, only about 3 percent or about 1,000 acres in Mohave County have areas that are suitable for sustainable winds, especially in the winter months, including the eastern areas of Bullhead City. Vertical wind turbines that spin 90 degrees opposite of standard wind turbines were also considered.

A wind and solar project is planned near White Hills and a wind turbine project is planned southwest of Kingman. Applications for seven other wind and solar projects have been submitted to the Bureau of Land Management throughout the county.

Incentives to turning homes and businesses green include fees or tax reductions. Another goal is increasing Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design standards for homes, schools or government buildings. The county is home to many manufactured homes and older stick-frame homes, which are not well insulated. Building codes should be changed for energy conservation. Using algae to create bio-diesel for trucks is another option to use green energy.

The commissioners also discussed new building materials that could replace the standard wood stick frame home. A new block material is five times lighter than concrete, is easy to work with. Other products could be used in construction such as old tires. Recycling is also considered.


Source: http://www.mohavedailynews....

APR 5 2009
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