Skip to comments.Solar energy shines brightly for California agriculture
Posted on 12/27/2010 7:01:09 AM PST by Dominic L. Fottfoy
California is the solar capital of the U.S., if not the world. There are now more than 72,000 systems in the state, generating an estimated 724 megawatts of power. Agriculture is embracing solar just as rapidly as other industries and municipalities. There are too many incentives, finanancial and otherwise, for producers not to grab sunbeams.
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I’m no engineer, but isn’t 72,000 systems delivering 724 megawatts a bad return on investment ?
dims don’t care. They know nothing about business.
Solar is the solution to a problem that does not exist.
Yes, but they do know about kickbacks and cronyism.
We are in California (for now) and every high school in our area has a massive solar project over the student parking lots. You can tell, VERY EXPENSIVE just looking at it.
Plus I suspect many of the panels are no longer functioning due to the things that the students throw up on the panels.
It is a big waste of money.
“There are too many incentives, financial and otherwise..”
“Financial incentives” are made possible ONLY by the government STEALING from more effficient, productive areas of the economy.
What is this “otherwise”? The fact that sunlight is a free gift from God?
You can go broke saving money on solar electricity.
Without “other people’s money” solar is a bad deal.
From the article—
“”The California Public Utilities Commission has $3.3 billion available to offer incentives to those who install solar power for commercial operations. The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 also offers tax incentives for renewable energy projects, including solar.””
and this quote is even better-—
“”Maring was reluctant to discuss details of Del Mars specific rebate/incentive/tax payback scenario, but it is obvious the ultimate cash outlay is significantly less than the purchase cost.
It is pretty complicated and involves income tax brackets, incentives, depreciation and rebates from energy companies, he says.””
California’s state debt is what again? /s =.=
Californias state debt is what again? /s =.=
http://www.energy.ca.gov/nuclear/california.html (Scroll to bottom for table)
Solar energy ... for AGRICULTURE?! WOW! What a great idea! California is indeed a world leader in technology. Next thing you know, they’ll be using pipes to carry WATER!
But, but, but didn’t Maggie Thatcher once say that, “The problem with subsidizing solar energy is that sooner or later you run out of other people’s money for solar subsidies?”
The Dems & Enviro’s have halted development of 2 of the largest proposed solar sites. One in the Mojave Desert, the other in the Imperial Valley.
“Im no engineer, but isnt 72,000 systems delivering 724 megawatts a bad return on investment ?”
Your instincts are spot-on: a single coal-fired plant will typically deliver 500 to 1000 megawatts.
This is Kalifornia. Transporting water is A Bad Thing. They're going to ban pipes.
Unless you’re an Indian tribe.
Now ponder the fact that a SINGLE medium size fossil fuel fired generating UNIT would produce that same amount of power 24 hours a day and the power can be turned up and down on demand. Plus, it doesn't go to "sleep" when the sun doesn't shine. Remember, I am talking about a single generating unit, not an entire power plant comprised of multiple units.
Even if you are not a power engineer, which one do you think makes the most sense?
Well let's do the math. One megawatt is a million watts so we have 724 million watts being produces by 72 thousand systems. 724000/72=10055 watts per system. Call it 10 thousand watts per system. Not bad. What is missing since NOBODY knows how to report accurately any longer is the watt-hour production. 10 kilowatt-hours would be impressive per system. Not quite enough to run a house but impressive for a passive system. But if this is the total annual production then it is a HUGH waste of money and each system could barely power a low enegy light bulb during the day. You decide, since the idiot that wrote this knows NOTHING about the subject.
I've already decided.
Waste of money ... but I'll bet it's impressive to those hustling enviro-dollars.
“Im no engineer, but isnt 72,000 systems delivering 724 megawatts a bad return on investment?”
Not when the “incentives” - subsidies - are funded not by private revenue of the ventures, but by the taxpayers.
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