Hi, I'm working on modeling the construction and operations impacts of potential large and small scale solar panel projects within my area, and I have a few questions I was hoping someone could help with. As far as the construction, the data I have on the various expenses tell me that almost all of the material/equipment/labor/etc. will be from outside my study area. That said, the panels themselves of course will still physically be in the area, but since all of the money and labor that put them there will be leakages, what exactly then is the impact of the construction locally - nothing? I also hesitate to use the implan sector for construction of new power structures since the spending pattern for putting up a bunch of panels is likely very different than building an actual power plant - is there a more relevant/specialized spending pattern for this type of construction? And with the "operations" of the panels, I guess I'm just not seeing what the impacts even "should" be - electricity rates wouldn't change, usage wouldn't change, seems like nothing would really be any different and the additional spending toward Electric power generation - solar would just be equally offset by losses toward Electric power generation - fossil fuel. Should there be some impact? What am I missing? Any help would be most appreciated, thanks.
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