Distribution the key to Southwest solar

Distribution the key to Southwest solar

Region needs power lines to become hub, experts say
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Energy Secretary Steven Chu speaks about the link between technical innovation and job creation after touring the National Solar Thermal Test Facility at Sandia National Laboratories in Albuquerque earlier this year. Chu said the West has incredible renewable-energy resources, but the nation needs a distribution system that will accommodate those resources.
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A worker stands near unfinished solar panel framework at a Mesquite Solar 1 facility under construction in Arlington, Ariz. Even as renewable-power projects get subsidies from the federal government, there’s a tangle of complications preventing states such as New Mexico and Arizona from converting the obvious potential into real watts that can charge smartphones and run air conditioners thousands of miles away.
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