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originally posted by: wdkirk
Nope, just crazy talk.
originally posted by: pheonix358
Why not compare the solar industry to say the gas industry.
Start with the billions of dollars required for exploration oil rigs, then the cost of permanent oil rigs, the huge cost of the ships to take the product from here and deliver it to there. Don't forget the pipelines and the cleanup operations needed from time to time including the big ones and the damage they cause.
Now add oil refineries, the enormous fleet of trucks to deliver the product, add in the gas stations and you may have a glimpse of the true costs needed to do a comparison!
The detractors never want to discuss these costs because fuel is expensive to manufacture ... unless you can rape the Iraqi oil fields for over a decade and shift your ill gotten gains to your home country.
You need to look at both sides of the argument otherwise the numbers mean nothing.
In addition, could you offer a few links to where you are getting your current 'facts' from? Otherwise it is just hyperbole.
Look at countries that are doing solar and doing it so well! Start with Germany!
originally posted by: Vector99
a reply to: TheScale
Where are you getting your info from? Also, you are using percentages that aren't relevant. How much power does a solar panel receive daily in a sunny region? You are using percentages that power companies would use. An average household in the US uses about 30 kWh per day, a single consumer grade square meter panel can produce between 2.5-6.6 kWh per day.
originally posted by: TrueBrit
a reply to: TheScale
Used where they ought to be, just a tiny percentage of a given landmass need be covered in order to run a nations entire grid.
That is simply how it is. With battery technology already on stream to support it, not to mention improving all the time, the arguments against its taking over as the sole energy provision tactic for entire nations has been shot to ribbons and cast to the four winds. The ONLY reason it has not already been installed in place of all fossil burning and nuclear energy production, is that those other industries are very profitable for the minority of fantastically wealthy people, who own parliaments all over the world in real terms, by lobby power and by bribery.
originally posted by: ignorant_ape
solar power viability is influenced by many factors but the #1 =
location , location , location
this is why the saudis are investing billions in solar power - and the norweigans zero
you cannot just ask - is solar viable - the question has to be in context
is solar viable for " insert location "`