posted on Nov, 3 2008 @ 10:46 PM
reply to post by ORIPEIA
If people really want the solar solution then what needs to happen is the UBC be changed to require all new homes built be built with active solar and
72 hour battery storage. This will add $20 to $40 K to the price of a home but on a 30 year note you might come out ahead on the monthly payments.
Any one can do this now and I know people who have. The problem is that the batteries need TLC and are costly to replace, average of a 10 to 15 year
If, however, people think that you can build enough centralized Solar, wind, geothermal units in the next 10 years to replace coal and gas plants they
need to look at what goes into each of these systems. We do not have enough skilled crafts people in the US to build this amount of generation in a
10 year time frame. At this point in time we do not have enough qualified Boiler Makers to keep up with the repairs on the current fleet. And for
thermal solar and geothermal units you need Boiler Makers to build them. Nether candidate has a clue as to the demands this program will place on the
electrical system. If we started training some one today they would be ready to go in three maybe two years. You will require about 500 to 1000
skilled workers for each unit built and it will take two to three years to build it. If the average sized unit is about 50 mega watts for a
geothermal and 150 mega watts for thermal solar you are talking about one boat load of workers to replace all the coal and gas generation in the
country. I have no idea of what it requires for wind generation so I will not comment on it.
Oh you will also have to look at the supply of boiler tube, turbines, generators and transformers to build your new stations. Transformers 12 months
waiting period from cutting the check to getting your hands on it. Turbine generator sets 18 months. Boiler tube I was quoted 18 months for full
panels. And for geothermal you need to drill a bunch of wells for each unit; steam and re-injection that requires drill rigs and qualified people to
So if you want this to work each person must become their own power company. Personal responsibility will be required.