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Solar Farms To Break Ground / Natural Gas Price Drops

Tulare County Getting 180MW Of Solar

Screen Shot 2015-10-28 at 11.34.24 AMSome 180MW of solar farms set to break ground here. Tulare County will soon see 180 megawatts of utility-size solar break ground in southern Tulare County. County economic development staffer Mike Washam says an 80MW project near Ducor now owned by ConEd, has received a grading permit to begin construction while a few mile away  the 80MW Tulare Solar project will soon be getting their permits.Meanwhile ConEd will start construction of another 20MW solar farm near Atwell Island at the southwest corner of the county. This will put the total megawatts of solar farms in the county to more than 300MW total. In other news ConEd announced a 50% stake in the proposed 240MW Panoche Valley project in San Benito County.The project will have 1.1 million solar panels when it breaks ground late this year.

Natural Gas Prices Fall On Supply Glut

Screen Shot 2015-10-27 at 6.42.25 AMNatural gas prices continue to fall this October reaching the $2 level, lowest since April 2012. The soft price is a result of a worldwide and US supply glut of the product that is nevertheless a boon to both consumers and industry. Natural gas prices typically rise right now just before winter, but the likelihood of a warm winter in the US has reduced demand. In the San Joaquin Valley natural gas not only heats homes  and provides electric power but is also used in the food processing business like those big driers for making milk powder and in greenhouses to grow nursery items, vegetables and flowers. These key industries will enjoy lower costs.

Subsidence Affects PG&E Gas Pipelines

Recent measurements of subsidence carried out by NASA ’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory and U.S. Geological Survey have shown that the groundwater extraction in the Sacramento and San Joaquin Valleys during the recent drought has resulted in increasing rates of subsidence. On September 24,2015,a representative from PG&E indicated that about 80 miles of PG&E natural gas pipelines have been affected by subsidence.The California Energy Commission will hold a workshop on the issue November 10 in Sacramento.

Two New Arco Stations For Visalia

That grading you see happening at the southeast corner of Noble and Lovers Lane in Visalia is the developer Chandi Group’s commercial project to be built in phases and approved back in 2014.The first phase underway is a AM-PM minimart  To follow is a 45,000sf strip mall, a fast food restaurant, a drug store and 120 room hotel if all goes well. Chandi also has a second AM PM ,Arco station that will go to construction in a few months on Plaza at Crowley, the first phase of an approved master plan project,The Square at Plaza Drive.

Visalia’s cheapest gas is now below $2.50 selling for $2.47 as gallon at Costco .Tulare has some lower at $2.45 at several stations. Statewide gas prices are still falling even as the lower cost winter blends are about to start.

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