Diablo Canyon, delivers 2,300 megawatts, 91 percent of one year’s time (the capacity factor). Topaz, an existing California 500-megawatt solar photovoltaic plant has a capacity factor of only 23 percent to 29 percent.
Therefore replacing Diablo Canyon requires 14 500-megawatt solar farms. Solar farms like the Topaz facility take three years to build and cost about $2.4 billion each. Building two a year it would take seven-plus years, 133 square miles of land and cost $33.6 billion. Guess who pays the $33.6 billion!
It would be the height of foolishness to shut down a paid for, reliable nuclear plant which has operated safely for 29 years with no guarantee that alternate carbon-free power is immediately available.
Anthony Armini, Nipomo