Steel Sun

So, you’ve got hundreds of acres of brownfield from a former steel foundry. You can’t build anything new on it, because you can’t dig down into the contaminated soil.

How about putting a solar farm on top?

6 Responses to “Steel Sun”

  1. Pitt says:

    There was a piece on the local radio this morning about something similar going on in Baltimore, and the old Bethlehem Steel (Sparrows Point) facility on the water. Some years back Baltimore transformed some 28 acres along the water into HarborPlace, a sort of mixed-use residential/ commercial/ entertainment district that’s been reasonably successful.

    The now-defunct Beth Steel facility is 2,300 acres, zoned heavy industrial, and contaminated with, among other things, Beryllium.

  2. matt says:

    “Grandpa, like most of the fun-loving gang who built the Plants, just wanted to die or have his brain turn to oatmeal before it becomes too apparent exactly what a nightmare he and his buddies have saddled their descendants with.”

    Douglas Coupland
    Shampoo Planet

  3. BrianN says:

    Ha ha ha. Solar power in WNY. Yeah that’ll work (for 3/12 months).

    Actually I’m no longer used to weather patterns up there. Down here, if the weather says rain from 1-7PM it means it will continuously rain from 1-7PM. In WNY that means, “at some point between the hours of 1 and 7 the heavens shall open and pour forth a deluge for about 30 min, then you’re good.” We canceled our plans to head up to Niagara (and hopefully Buffalo) needlessly. But did have a nice day in Corning.

  4. matt says:

    Solar actually works pretty well here. One of my old coworkers had panels installed on his house, and generates enough power to cover his own needs every month and usually sell some back to the utility.

  5. BrianN says:

    I was just joking mostly. It’s just a matter of having enough panels for your energy needs and average sunlight.

  6. Pitt says:

    And paying back the 5 figure initial investment…at some point. Solar panels are still extremely inefficient (which no one cares about, since solar energy is free), and the cost/ watt hasn’t come down as far nor as fast as all the “experts” keep predicting.

    Once we figure out how to cheaply harness the power of the sun and use hydrogen as a fuel, we’ll be fine.

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