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  •  The Badlands of SD (10+ / 0-)

    and the Sand Hills portion of northern Nebraska are essentially deserts as well.  I grew up just a few miles north of the "badland wall" and we didn't get much more than 16 inches of rain a year, which is sermi-desert territory, though "them's fightin' words" out there if you open your mouth about it.  So, no, deserts are not confined to the west and southwest.  

    -7.13 / -6.97 "The people never give up their liberties but under some delusion." -- Edmund Burke

    by GulfExpat on Tue Mar 12, 2013 at 11:40:41 AM PDT

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    •  Those dry areas east of the Rocky (1+ / 0-)
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      Mountains would be good places to put solar thermal generators which would help balance the lack of photovoltaic power at night and which is despatchable to cover windless times.  

      Renewable energy brings national global security.     

      by Calamity Jean on Tue Mar 12, 2013 at 02:36:38 PM PDT

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      •  Western SD is almost never (2+ / 0-)
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        windless...  It's not like being on top of Mt. Washington, but there's almost always a good breeze blowing.  When I was little before the REA (Rural Electrification Agency) appeared on the scene with power from Oahe Reservoir on the Missouri, we had a 32 volt wind charger, which powered the house.  Didn't have much more than lights, a water pump for the cistern, and a radio on it, but that was fine.  We had propane powered fridge, cook stove, and furnace, so no juice was necessary for those.  With the wet cell batteries in the basement, I can't remember of being out of power once.  But the power did fail periodically once we were connected to the 110v supply from the REA.

        -7.13 / -6.97 "The people never give up their liberties but under some delusion." -- Edmund Burke

        by GulfExpat on Thu Mar 14, 2013 at 03:53:39 AM PDT

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        •  I was thinking of putting the power on a (1+ / 0-)
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          high voltage (high efficiency) DC line and shipping it east to Chicago and beyond.  Except for Texas, the old Confederate states are in a serious "wind desert".  They have plenty of sun but need some help overnight.  

          Renewable energy brings national global security.     

          by Calamity Jean on Thu Mar 14, 2013 at 03:00:20 PM PDT

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