Tono Solar project taking shape at closed TransAlta coal mine in Washington

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Clean Technica:The TransAlta power plant’s three tall stacks still generate electricity from coal. But coal-fired energy will only be a memory at TransAlta by 2025—with a first burner to cease operation sooner, in 2020. It’s all part of Washington state’s larger plan to reduce carbon dioxide emissions to 1990 levels in less than 2 years from now. Yes, the power plant, located in Centralia, contributes 10% of the state’s total greenhouse gases — as much as the emissions from 1.75 million cars. But what will happen when the power plant’s smokestacks shut down forever? How will the state offset the loss of 1,340 megawatts of energy?Once a terraced, open-to-the-sky strip mine—the state’s largest coal pit—TransAlta is in the process of repurposing 1,000 acres of the former mine site to a solar farm.The Tono Solar project involves the construction of a 180 MW solar power plant on 405 hectares of land. It includes the construction of a substation and related infrastructure, the installation of solar panels and transformers, and the laying of transmission lines.Tono Solar, which is expected to start producing clean energy as soon as late 2020, won’t fully make up for the power generated by the Centralia coal-fired plant—it’s expected to provide 180 megawatts of electricity. Utilities and corporate buyers are willing to buy electricity from local providers like Tono Solar.In 2006, the TransAlta coal mine was the last in Washington state to be closed. The coal mining terraforming was so severe that the former town site is currently dominated by two massive ponds.TransAlta says that it plans to completely eliminate coal from its portfolio by 2030. More: Washington state coal-fired plant converts barren landscape into solar farm Tono Solar project taking shape at closed TransAlta coal mine in Washingtonlast_img read more

Madison man arrested after traffic stop

first_imgMADISON, Ind. — A Madison man was arrested on several charges after he was stopped for a traffic violation following reports he had attempted to enter a rural Jefferson County home.Indiana State Police began an investigation after they responded to a call from the Jefferson County dispatch that Dale Alvin Wells, 59, had attempted to enter a rural Jefferson County home.After responding to the area, troopers saw Wells’ vehicle disregard a stop sign at the intersection of State Road 7 and County Road 450 West.Troopers conducted a traffic stop.During the stop, troopers learned that Wells was driving with a suspended driver’s license, and determined that he was operating the vehicle while intoxicated after administering a field sobriety test.Wells was arrested after being treated at the hospital on charges of Intimidation on a Police Officer, Resisting Law Enforcement, Operating While Intoxicated, Failure of a Sex Offender to Possess Identification, and Driving While Suspended.last_img read more

New deer harvest website available for hunters

first_imgStatewide—Indiana DNR has launched a new website allowing deer hunters to access white-tailed deer harvest data as it is accumulated by the state. During the check-in process, hunters report the county of harvest, sex of deer harvested, type of land the deer was harvested on, and type of equipment used to harvest deer. This data can now be accessed and viewed by individuals using an interactive website. Visitors to the website can compare individual or multiple counties across the past five years. Results can even be limited to specific types of equipment or deer seasons.Hunters have asked for more detailed harvest data and comparisons between years, and this new website is a direct result of that feedback to DNR.  Harvest data is updated daily.Click here for the website.last_img read more