2013 Sep 25 By Blake 0 comment
http://m.bizjournals.com/denver/blog/earth_to_power/2013/09/fastracks-north-metro-line-draws-four.html

Using Fastracks as a guide for future construction, it is interesting to see how
RTD said Tuesday it received four proposals from four design-construction teams for the project, which runs through Commerce City, Adams County, Thornton and Northglenn. The design and construction of the rail line is scheduled to begin in 2014.

RTD said in June that the latest cost estimate to build the entire line is $909 million.
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The North Metro project is an 18.5-mile commuter rail line from Denver Union Station through Denver, Adams County, Commerce City, Thornton and Northglenn, ending at Highway 7.”
Ok so 18.5 miles is pretty far so lets multiply that distance and money by the 300 miles it would be along the front range… and you get $14,589,000,000. 
I cant even do the math to put solar panals on top of hyperloop. But I would like to point out a New York Times Article http://www.nytimes.com/2013/09/19/world/europe/germanys-effort-at-clean-energy-proves-complex.html?pagewanted=2&_r=0&src=rechp and specifically  “Newly constructed offshore wind farms churn unconnected to an energy grid still in need of expansion. And despite all the costs, carbon emissions actually rose last year as reserve coal-burning plants were fired up to close gaps in energy supplies.
A new phrase, “energy poverty,” has entered the lexicon.

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Large offshore wind farms that have been built in Germany’s less populated north generate energy that must then be transported to industries and sites in the south.



Even without the energy the offshore turbines could produce, Germany’s power grid has been strained by new wind and solar projects on land, compelling the government to invest up to $27 billion over the next decade to build roughly 1,700 miles of high-capacity power lines and to upgrade lines.

The largely rural northern state of Schleswig-Holstein produces as much as 12,000 megawatts of power with new wind turbines and solar panels, but it can consume only about a sixth of that.

“Schleswig-Holstein is a microcosm for all of Germany,” said Markus Lieberknecht of the grid operator Tennet. “Where energy was previously brought into the state and distributed to small communities, these communities are now producing the power, and we need to find a way to transmit it to the larger urban areas. Everything has been stood on its head.”” 


The solar panels ontop of the hyperloop will bring power directly onto the grid. Also it could form the backbone of having ultra efficient extremely high voltage power lines which would avoid the German problem in the article. It would be perfect for the entire length of the front range. 


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