Many times the articles on PV in the mainstream press are terrible. One would like to be kind and say that the non-expert authors are doing the best they can. Unfortunately, there’s a common theme in most of the mistakes they make – sensationalism. So deniability of responsibility is not so “plausible.”
I guess it’s no surprise. The media, which is all about “image,” uses sensationalism when it can. Sadly, this perverts their role as a source of believable information. They become advertisers, if only for themselves.
As an example of a really terrible article, let’s take “Thin Film Solar Panels Take A Giant Leap Toward Affordable Renewable Energy,” by Nate Lew of coolerplanet. Unfortunately, I found this article highlighted on Google News and also picked up by a SEIA newsletter and the NCPV Hotline. So these articles do get shared by others, who (like Moody’s did for bad debt) give them a patina of reputability. (more…)