Thursday, Sept. 13, 2007 | Like any large project, the Sunrise Powerlink has its fair share of myths floating out there. Some raise legitimate questions, while others are simply wild accusations. Here are some of the myths I hear most, along with the facts to set the record straight.
- Building new, local power plants is a better option than the Sunrise Powerlink.
- New state laws mandating more renewable power and fewer greenhouse gas emissions mean SDG&E can’t continue relying exclusively on power plants that use fossil fuels. We need more renewable energy. The Sunrise Powerlink will connect San Diego to proposed solar, wind and geothermal energy projects in the Imperial Valley area and help California meet its clean-energy goals.
- If solar panels were put on enough rooftops, we wouldn’t need the Sunrise Powerlink.
- Rooftop solar will play a critical role in San Diego’s future, but it’s not enough to meet our customers’ energy needs. To match the Sunrise Powerlink, you’d have to install 2,000 megawatts of solar panels on 855,000 residential rooftops at a cost of $21 billion.