M.R.J. Smith wrote:
Also read that solar panels are not sustainable at all because they require more energy to make in form of oil than they produce in their lifespan in the form of electricity.
While south-facing solar panels are the most profitable for panel owners, they actually raise the demand for other power sources that they simultaneously put out of business. Relying on morning and evening sunlight means that solar panels aren’t producing as much as they could during the middle of the day, when communities need the bulk of their power. Therefore, homes with solar panels continue to rely on other power sources to support them during the middle of the day.
While south-facing solar panels are the most profitable for panel owners, they actually raise the demand for other power sources that they simultaneously put out of business.
Doug Kalmer wrote:I know personally 7 off grid households, they all have run thru several sets of expensive, toxic, heavy batteries, they all use dirty, noisy, PIA backup generators for the cloudy periods we get, they all only get 80-85% of the energy they put into batteries back from them, they all fill their battery banks when they have two sunny days in a row, then any more solar energy produced is wasted.
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