Skip to comments.Solar Provides 0.2% of Electric Supply--Up From 0.02% Before Obama
Posted on 01/29/2014 5:16:08 PM PST by Nachum
(CNSNews.com) - Solar power, which President Barack Obama promoted in his State of the Union Address, accounted for 0.2 percent of the U.S. electricity supply in the first nine months of 2013, according to data published by the U.S. government's Energy Information Administration.
That is up from the 0.02 percent of the total electricity supply that solar power sources provided in 2008, the last calendar year before Obama took office.
Now, one of the biggest factors in bringing more jobs back is our commitment to American energy, Obama said in the State of the Union. The all-of-the-above energy strategy I announced a few years ago is working, and today, America is closer to energy independence than we've been in decades.
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How ironic that fracking saved his @ss to a great extent.
Without it, with this winter, nat gas would be spiking bigtime.
Too bad batteries are still so technologically lame.
My pants will never dry...
My tomatoes are solar powered;-)
Maybe if you put up a clothes line. :)
One conservative writer was actually disappointed that fracking was saving him. Otherwise, the public would be marching on the White House with pitch forks.
I, on the other hand, am grateful for any reprieve from the damage these jerk wads are doing to the country. Even if it makes the sleaze look better in the process.
Solar Panels can help out when SHTF assuming one can stay put.
I wouldn’t be surprised if the increase can be explained by those weaning off the grid in the event that the dictator starts a war, crashes the economy and declares martial law.
It certainty saved my @ss, I would have had $800 gas bills but I think you misunderstand the goals of this administration. From my perspective it seems that fracking has thrown a spanner in their efforts to collapse the entire system.
The opposite. The people like Solar City promoting solar are pure scammers. First they collect our tax money (not the homeowner). Second they sell the unreliable solar power back to the power company for full retail price. Instead of we ratepayers paying 4 cents for reliable power from a real power provider we pay 14 cents for someone to maybe give us some power at some point, but not when we need it the most.
(the exception is in the dessert SW where the sun always shines and the power can be immediately used for A/C.)
As mentioned above the unsolved problem is batteries. There are only two kinds of solar installations: the ones with batteries and the scams.
I’m really surprised they didn’t take credit for there being ten times more solar energy in use than there was. LOL
Thats what I was thinking. 1000% Yay!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
And the cost is thousands of times per kilowatt as coal.
Might be .2%, but to increase from .02 all the way up to .2 probably cost more in 5 years than building all the infrastructure for the other 98% did in 100 years.
My potato clock worked pretty well in 4th grade.
I had a solar water heater for my pool. It worked very well. Solar has its uses but it sure isn’t going to replace power plants.
I ask them what the current percent of the total energy produced does solar power currently provide ?
To the person most have no idea, but guess anywhere from 10 to 25 percent...
When I tell them it's under 2 percent they get this confused look like that impossible...
Then I ask them are they prepared to pay twice the electric bill if we get to 20 percent...
I have a solar heater on my pool here in Florida and it works absolutely great in the late spring and early fall. Maybe extends the swimming season a month overall, that however will never replace an actual heater using real power. It’s a joke to think it will.
Guess I should have said, I only need solar for my food. If the SHTF, or weeklong power outages, due to gorebull warming (read icy in da south!), I’ve got hand drawn water, gas and wood cooking, and wood stove.
Couldn’t hit the interwebs, but I fly with a “well connected” suburb dwellin’ HAM operator.
Always loved the tater clock!
This will be opening in 2018AO (After Obama) Somehow he’ll take credit for this.
Without efficient batteries solar is nowhere.
This illustrates the abysmal ignorance, stupidity and disinterest of the current American electorate.
Obama can say, with a straight face, that since he became president the contribution of solar power to the national energy needs has increased ten-fold.
But as with every other statement he makes, the great impostor is telling the greatest of all lies --- the lie of omission.
Even increased ten-fold, the contribution solar energy makes is absurdly minuscule --- and totally meaningless for the continuing effort and expense involved.
Ask any Obama supporter to explain percentages and the difference between the same numerical value increase and decrease...
Deer in the headlights territory...
...and has an adequate amount of efficient energy storage. Both huge assumption "ifs."
I think the issue is more of battery durability (cycle capability). I'm thinki9ng that the original batteries that were almost totally aqueous may have the best durability.
In a static situation, volume is not really a problem.
At ~365 cycles/year, 20 years would be ~7500 cycles.
Current batteries don't get close enough to 10,000 cycles to suit me.
I got two to three months extra and it was a heck of a lot cheaper than a gas heater.
In another 518 years, we should break even on this “investment” (assuming 0% interest on the initial investment, and assuming that the solar cells will never foul or break for the duration of those 518 years)
Right now my tomatoes are 1000 watt UltraSun Metal Halide Powered via good ol electricy powered by mostly oil and some nuclear. soon to switch over to high Pressure sodium.
The only reason it has increased in percentage is that Obambi has destroyed many coal-fired plants and is attempting to take us back to the stone age.
Today I read somewhere that energy production for the US is down dramatically and that it was at a historic high just as Obambi entered office.
My fruit trees are solar powered. I am a reality based greenie. Most greenies are city dwellers with unrealistic ideas how the natural world functions. They see stuff on TV or take a hike in the woods once a year. Many liberal greenies live in the suburbs and still learn nothing from the simple lawn that grows outside their door
In that case imagine instead of capturing 70% of the sun's energy to heat your water we paid someone to capture 25% of the sun's energy, then convert it to A/C and feed it to the grid. We would pay them taxpayer funds to set up the system then pay them full retail for the electricity. By the time you got to use it for a heater you would get maybe 10% of the sun's energy at best but pay big bucks for that. But that is what we are subsidizing.
Meanwhile, coal use has gone up across the rest of the world.
For the want of a hot house...sigh.
I will NOT buy, what my sister calls “store bought, pink vinyl rocks”. I’ve got plenty put up to last ‘til 1st harvest.
Just hold a mental image of the Great Thomas Jefferson, the gentleman farmer. We are emulating him in politics and gardens (all be it smaller)
You are a right wing greenie!
Absolutely the only way for this to be true is if there was a drastic decline in the use of electricity in this country. IOW, whomever is claiming this is lying. Thanks Nachum.