[ExI] The silent PV revolution

Eugen Leitl eugen at leitl.org
Mon Apr 9 10:06:10 UTC 2012

On Mon, Apr 09, 2012 at 01:08:35AM -0600, Kelly Anderson wrote:
> On Sun, Apr 8, 2012 at 9:49 AM, Eugen Leitl <eugen at leitl.org> wrote:
> > The renewable programm is a resounding success, job-wise.
> It wasn't in Spain.

Real estate crisis killed Spain. The government suddenly cut
subsidies, and everything collapsed. Solar is now 1% of Spain's

Wind power, which did not receive such treatment, survived and
now produces 11%.

Moral of the story: don't cut subsidies suddenly. It can kill
the goose that will lay the golden eggs.

And, again, this isn't merely about jobs. It's ability to 
power the society when you run out of nonrenewables.

P.S. Spain is about to commit total renewable suicide, it seems:

Moral of the story: don't do it like Spain.

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