Oct 02 2009
Solar energy generally is considered renewable. But it also also be water-thirsty, and that fact – coupled with the growing development of solar power in the sunny southwest – is causing a series of water rights collisions.
New York Times writer Todd Woody is reporting that “a water war is breaking out in the desert Southwest over the dozens of large-scale solar power plants planned for the region.”
In his article, Woody also includes this quote: “‘When push comes to shove, water could become the real throttle on renewable energy,’ said Michael E. Webber, an assistant professor at the University of Texas in Austin who studies the relationship between energy and water.”