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AIR DATE: April 13, 2012

A Chinese manufacturing company, ENN, offered to make a large investment in Clark County. The County Commission facilitated the project by selling land to the company. Now reports suggest that the company may be using a less than optimum technology that might prove problematic. And there are questions about the way in which the market for renewable energy is developing in California and Nevada.
 
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Steve Sisolak, Clark County Commissioner
Ucilia Wang, journalist
 
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    Why are we building solar plants when natural gas is available for about $2.10/million BTU? That price translates into electricity for about 2 to 3 cents per kWhr. I don't want to be paying for solar (15-20 cents per Kwhr at best), nearly ten times as much!! Alan
    Alan NakashimaApr 10, 2012 11:13:33 AM
    Dear Alan, It's sad to hear that you don't value clean water or a stable climate, neither of which are reflected in your LCOE estimates. And frankly, I doubt your figure of USD 0.02 to O.03/kWh for natural gas generation. The last figures I saw are above USD 0.06/kWh for new combined cycle units. Furthermore, to keep natural gas at its current low prices (which historically have shown remarkable fluctuation), how much of this nation's groundwater will we have to destroy with fracking? And what economic value would you put on that?
    Christian RoselundApr 17, 2012 11:28:35 AM
    The main reason that the american solar company went out of business is because the chinese government was subsidizing the chinese solar companies therefore americans companies could no longer compete in the market place. Where is this company getting its financing from.
    charlieApr 10, 2012 09:34:12 AM
    could the chinese venture be financed by the oval office? how many billions are yearly spent in foreign nations ? spending today is in the trillions is there no limit? are taxes going down ? are those people looking for a job to support a family able to do so? better think twice when voting folks. how many military returned via caskets,for every every one killed in action 30 are wounded,odds are not that great. b.sargent,colo
    bert sargtentMay 10, 2012 07:22:10 AM
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