[ExI] Solar power makes UK people poorer
spike66 at att.net
Wed Jun 8 15:18:47 UTC 2011
From: extropy-chat-bounces at lists.extropy.org
[mailto:extropy-chat-bounces at lists.extropy.org] On Behalf Of BillK
Subject: [ExI] Solar power makes UK people poorer
The Register has an article about the latest electricity and natural gas
For the first time the power companies are blaming 'green' power.
>... government regulations imposed on the energy companies, whose effect is
to drive up prices and pass the resulting extra cash to the owners of
renewable power generators: from massive windfarms to rooftop solar panels
>(Remember, the UK doesn't get very much sun, compared with countries nearer
So it looks as though the UK needs the costs of solar power installations to
drop to about 20% of current prices...BillK
Hi BillK, no one ever promised green would be cheap.
Clearly England isn't a good place for ground based solar. I hear it rains
a lot there. 800 kWh per kWp is way below the economic threshold by my
BOTECs. I have an Oregon property with twice that insolation, but it is
still marginal for rooftop solar, probably still a no-go.
My main criticism of the Register article is that it gets too tangled up in
issues that are actually a completely different problem. Government
subsidies on solar are making the rich richer and the poor poorer. Sure,
but clear away the clutter and look at it this way: does rooftop solar pay?
Yes or no. If no, don't install it. Is the government subsidizing solar
installations that do not pay? If yes, vote them out. Get a government
which understands energy economics.
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