The Biggest Myth About Solar Power

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  1. zed1 says:

    The problem is that most solar is not being done efficiently. There are ways to do it but that would rattle the energy industry to the core and be too disruptive. has an example of the kind of solution that could be built if there was real political will for a transition to solar solutions.


  2. Andy Foldes says:

    Mr. Basenese, your chart is incomplete. Where are the real estate costs for wind, for gas, for coal, and for nuclear?
    Where are the storage and disposal costs for nuclear waste?
    Where are the pollution and climate change costs for burning fossil fuel?
    Where are the costs for the destruction of the landscape in the extraction of coal?
    Where are the medical costs for people getting sick and dying as a result of polluted air and water resulting from gas and coal extraction and gas and coal burning?
    Where are the military costs of maintaining control over large areas of the undeveloped world, like the Middle East, where belligerent and primitive tribes have been empowered by newfound wealth?
    Are these extractive industries NOT “reliant on government subsidies to stay relevant in the marketplace”?

    Andy Foldes, NYC


  3. Jay Jay says:

    In reply to Andy F. What is it with you people, are you trying to save the world? Have ever seen a coal mine/field, “landscape”? How do you know for sure that fossil fuels are the cause of death, or that second hand smoke kills? No one has ever been able to prove it, when something can’t be proven it’s just theory.
    People die everyday, by the thousands from some sort of infliction regardless of the cause. Being in my 70’s means i had the experience of having been in a time where there were fewer people on the planet and life was much simpler. The world could do without so many people.


  4. eric taylor says:

    We will never see grid parity as long as we keep subsidizing coal, nuclear, and fracking oil and gas, relative to the cleaner solar energy production, and that is before the long term environmental sustainability costs are added in.


  5. Pieter Stek says:

    From a friend who is deeply involved in solar, I received the following comment: “Fortunately, Louis Basenese is way off the mark: (1) the amount of solar energy falling on the earth (insolation) is four times greater (say) in Uppington, South Africa than (say) in the UK (where solar is unsuitable), (2) in Rajasthan, electricity costs US$0.22 per Kwh, which provides a four year payback for solar grid installations without subsidy, (3) the cost of real estate in his calculations is completely arbitrary – grid installations should be placed on waste land, semi-deserts or on factory rooftops. “


  6. Annabelle Herbert says:

    There is a solar game changer on the horizon. Check out 3D Solar, which has a prototype that is nearly 3 times more efficient than present systems.


  7. Jeffrey Barker says:

    When you come up with a battery with a 40+ year life span, then and only then, would I give it any thought.


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