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2022-01-18 Florida: Rooftop Solar Bill & Net Metering

The Utilities are complaining about net metering, that the rooftop solar owners are getting back too much money so the non-solar customers must be charged more to make up for the utilities’ losses. They say this is unfair to non-solar customers. To me, this looks like the utilities have a flawed business model. They should

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Utilities want to stop rooftop solar! Quote: << But Houston, we have a problem. Humanity, in its wisdom, has created utility companies — corporate entities that make money by turning fossil fuels and nuclear energy into electricity and selling it to us for the highest price obtainable. They have converted the greatest public resource of

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2022-01-13 Environmentally Friendly States, Least & Most

America’s least and most environmentally friendly states. The figures this article gives don’t make sense. For example, #32, New Jersey says the fossil fuels and renewables add up to 5% total. Where is the remaining 95% of the energy coming from? They say the figures come from the government – EIA. There seems to be

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2022-01-12 Solar Thermal Generation Lab

Heliostats and solar thermal generation. The advantage of storing the heat at night is not needed if the electricity is used to generate hydrogen, which serves the same purpose – storage. The real advantage is being able to deploy this system for cheaper than other solar electricity systems.

2022-01-09 Nuclear Power Truths

The new nuclear power plants are experiencing huge cost overruns (Hinckley C 24 billion pounds) and decades to bring online due to construction delays. The cost of nuclear power is 3 times wind or solar, per megawatt-hour. It takes decades to bring nuclear power plants online, compared to 2 years for a utility scale wind

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2022-01-08 Global Primary Energy Consumption By Source

This is an animated graphic of global primary energy consumption by source. Interesting.

2021-12-31 What Would Australia Look Like Powered By 100% Renewable Energy?

The US would be much the same.

2021-12-27 OMG! China To Install 1200GW Solar & Wind By 2026!!

OMG! China is expected to install 1200 GW of solar and wind by 2026! To give you an idea of how huge an amount that is, the total electric generation for the United States is about 1200 GW! That is an enormous amount! Quote from article: << China is expected to install 1,200 GW of

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2021-12-26 Death Of California Rooftop Solar?

This guy goes over the changes when NEM 3.0 takes effect in 2022. The smaller bill with lower solar power will be at a disadvantage and there will be a disincentive to get rooftop solar. In other words the owner will save minimal or no money over the lifetime of the system. Also the solar

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2021-12-26 Space Based Solar Arrays

My comment from JHAT of this date with subject of space based solar power stations I pose the question: Should we (humans) collect solar power and beam it down to Earth by microwave or laser? The answer, and I quote, is “No. Don’t be ridiculous.” Are you serious? Who in their right mind would attempt

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