In 2011, the SCE&G and Boeing collaborated in developing a 14-acre solar project in Charleston, SC. According to analysts, the solar panel was the largest solar energy system in South Carolina and ranked sixth largest solar panel in the United States (Solar Energy USA, 2011) Despite having environmental significant, the projects have contributed to negative environmental changes in the state. In fact, the project has large utility scale solar facilities, which raises concerns on habitat loss and land degradation. It inevitably consumes large land that could otherwise be utilized for agricultural purposes.
The Nuclear Regulatory Commission encouraged the enactment of nuclear project in the region. It facilitates the development of these facilities through providing site permits to various organizations. Before 2012, SCE&G was the only authorized plant that produced nuclear energy used within the region (Business Journal, 2012). Thereafter, NRC provided South Carolina Electric & Gas the authorization to create the first new reactor units in a generation currently built in the palmetto state. Supporters of such moves argue that the nuclear energy is paramount in Charleston as it reduces the national reliance on fossil fuel thereby preventing global warming. However, such arguments overlook the possible negative implications of nuclear power plant on the ecological habitat (Business Journal, 2012).
The decision to establish these power plants in Charleston, SC are based on the economic impact on the community and the need to establish environmentally friendly power plants. Scientist cites that the solar power plant is very fundamental to human life since it eliminates all possible environmental effects. Under strict regulation, nuclear power plants are argued to produce more and reliable megawatts of electricity essential to support the industrial and domestic power needs.
Concentrating solar thermal plant