Scientist calls nation's biggest solar plant a toy Researcher's report claims advocates inflating numbers to hide cost Oregon Institute of Science and Medicine Dr. Arthur B. Robinson: Robinson cites an FPL estimate published in Renewable Energy News that the plant will produce 42,000 megawatt hours per year of electricity. Robinson calculates that level of output only makes the DeSoto plant a 4.8-megawatt facility, or roughly one-fifth the "25-megawatt" boast.
"Florida Power and Light brags that this new solar plant will power 3,000 homes," Robinson writes. "This is $50,000 per home – for which the home gets 38 kilowatt hours per day. That 38 kilowatt hours is enough to power one ordinary one-room electric space heater."
Lets face it, the technology for a centralized solar power plant is just not there. In an isolated system it still isn't enough to really power what is necessary for the common current usage of a home, but we scale back our power needs and make it work. Comparing solar with on-demand power just isn't an apples to apples comparison. It's a trickle when what joe q public demands is a river.
Until the cost of making a panel comes down or the cost of "traditional" power goes up, these just are not cost effective measures, which means they will be viewed as inferior.
you know i am hearing a lot of negative buzz lately regarding the huge solar and wind farms not being as good as they were hyped to be.
seems to me the wind would be better than the solar..esp here..as it seems that most places only have sun for a small part of the day ..even if they are in sunny areas..but wind might be more prevalant?
but where we live they had a huge opportunity to put in hydroelectric..and they took them out..the ones they had..in favor of nuclear..the power company owns miles and miles of rivers but never uses them..
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