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Wheeler-Dealer Ted Turner Turns to Solar

ted turnerTed Turner and Southern Company are working together on a series of renewable energy projects in the Southwest, reports the Wall Street Journal.

Known for his media-empire building and vast herds of buffalo, Turner is an avid environmentalist who just happens to be the largest private landowner in the U.S.

Southern, meanwhile, is one of the largest operators of coal-fired power plants in the U.S.

Both of the titans have Atlanta roots, with Southern based there and Atlanta where Turner built up his media holdings.

The partnership will focus on large-scale solar photovoltaic projects, although other renewable energies are not being discounted.

The projects will be built on some of Turner’s 2 million acres, as well as other sites, according to the article. The Southwest was chosen initially based on ample sunlight and proximity to demand, according to a press release.

According to Southern Company’s most recent CSR report, since 1990 its sulfur dioxide and nitrogen oxide emissions are down more than 30 percent, while electricity generation has increased more than 40 percent.

In September of 2009, Turner discussed corporate sustainability at the National Energy Summit.

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2 thoughts on “Wheeler-Dealer Ted Turner Turns to Solar

  1. p.s.
    look they did all the carbon b.s. on every thing but the PVs
    means on how much power ie. heat it takes to make the cells.1500 deg c + 700!!!!
    Solar is just not clean. Its a real toxic mess of chemicals. Manufactured with nitrogen trifluoride (NF3) that is 17,000 times stronger than carbon dioxide. In the best case scenario, one square meter of solar cells carries a burden 314 kilograms of CO2.
    the heat to melt the quartz to make the panels ie. heat it takes to make the cells.1500 deg c + 700!!!! @ 40 hours & the electricty 36kw @ 277 also not included.
    any way it still takes 10 100 watt 12 volt panels to run 1 100watt 120volt appliance
    or take nellis & any other cash cow PVs cost 100m to make 1m ayear the panels last 20 years thats a loss of $80m
    goes to show ya Teddy,,,, even smart folks get took.

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